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It was the day after a tornado swept through Manhattan, IL last November. Vince Walsh, a construction chief specializing in pipeline work, was holding a meeting in the field when it felt like someone had punched him between his shoulder blades and neck. A warm feeling quickly rushed through his head. His vision became blurry. Vince felt nauseous. Luckily, someone called 911. 

The 44 year old was rushed by ambulance to nearby Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox where a Code Stroke Team was waiting. A CT Scan in the Emergency Department (ED) showed a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), a kind of bleeding into the brain. Dr. Richard Burgess, one of three neurointerventional radiologists with the Silver Cross Neuroscience Institute, confirmed a ruptured aneurysm. He immediately took Vince to the endovascular lab where he performed a cerebral angiogram to see exactly which vessels were involved. Dr. Burgess then coiled the aneurysm to stop the bleeding. 

“Typically half of the people with SAH don’t survive and those that do are often dramatically disabled,” said Dr. Burgess. “Vince not only survived but is thriving due to the rapid transport by EMS, quick identification in the ED, and immediate availability of neurointerventional services for diagnosis and treatment at Silver Cross.” 

Silver Cross Hospital is designated as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission with a staff of experienced specialists offering the full continuum of care –from diagnosis to treatment to rehabilitation, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

After a 14 day stay in the ICU followed by another few days in the hospital’s step-down unit, Vince went home not needing any further rehabilitation.  

“Dr. Burgess and his entire team were excellent. They saved my life,” Vince said. “I am back to work and other than a little bit of short-term memory loss, I am doing great. I tend to write everything down anyway, so it’s not an issue for me  I even quit smoking, which Dr. Burgess tells me is a risk factor of stroke and other life-threatening conditions.”   

Learn more about what the Silver Cross Neuroscience Institute offers patients.

 

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Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care.  These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.