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Lenox Hill Hospital Opens New Stroke Unit

January 19, 2003

Lenox Hill Hospital has opened a new Stroke Unit, designed to improve the care of patients with acute stroke. "As the third leading cause of death in the United States and the number one cause of disability nationwide, comprehensive management of stroke patients is a national imperative," said Steven Rudolph, MD, Stroke Neurologist and Chief of the Stroke Program at Lenox Hill Hospital.

This dedicated unit, with specially trained staff and state-of-the-art monitoring equipment, is the latest in a series of steps taken to enhance Lenox Hill Hospital's comprehensive stroke program. They include the creation of a dedicated Rapid Response Team to treat stroke patients with thrombolytic therapy in the Emergency Department and the development of a definitive clinical management program for all hospitalized stroke patients.

Recent studies have shown that stroke patients have better outcomes in hospitals staffed with personnel specially trained to care for neurological patients. The Lenox Hill Hospital stroke unit offers patients with acute stroke an intermediate level of care provided by medical and nursing staff specially trained in stroke management. In addition to providing expert stroke care, the staff is able to closely monitor neurological changes and maintain strict blood pressure control when necessary. Using a multidisciplinary team approach, patients also receive physical therapy, speech and swallowing therapy and social work and nutrition services.

For more information about Lenox Hill Hospital Stroke Program, please contact Jill Ferkel, RN at (212) 434-4982.

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