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Stern Stroke Center at Montefiore

The Stern Stroke Center at Montefiore

The Stern Stroke Center at Montefiore is a recognized leader in stroke services including state-of-the art acute and long-term management and preventative care. As a designated Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center, Montefiore, The Stern Stroke Center identifies and treats victims of stroke rapidly and efficiently, offering immediate access to stroke specialists 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Center treats more than 1400 acute stroke patients per year, making it the second busiest stroke center in New York State.

Improving the Quality of Care for Stroke Patients

Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. Every 40 seconds in the United States, someone suffers a stroke, and every four minutes, someone dies of a stroke. At the Stern Stroke Center, we recognize that the quality of care that a patient receives immediately after a stroke makes all the difference. It's why we coordinate care with a range of Montefiore specialists on the stroke team, including:

  • Stroke neurologists;
  • Vascular neurosurgeons;
  • Neurointerventional radiologists;
  • Neuroanesthesiologists; and
  • Rehabilitation specialists.

Superior Outcomes for Treatment of Ischemic Stroke

Thrombectomy Success Rate

Ischemic stroke is caused by a blockage in a blood vessel in the brain. Some stroke patients can have the blockage removed with a procedure called thrombectomy, similar to the way we open blockages in the heart during a heart attack. Our overall success rate for 2018 was 91%, which is better than the 71% rate seen in all the studies that originally proved the benefit of the thrombectomy procedure. The accompanying chart shows the percentage of stroke patients who had a successful thrombectomy at Montefiore.

A Coordinated and Collaborative Approach to Care

A highly- skilled team evaluates each patient and devises a comprehensive, individualized plan of treatment. The Stern Stroke Center provides care for acute stroke, including the administration of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) and advanced endovascular procedures.

Our inpatient team of doctors, nurses, rehabilitation specialists and social workers with expertise in the care of stroke patients seek to identify the patient’s stroke risk factors, maximize patient safety and ensure a smooth transition to outpatient rehabilitation and stroke prevention. Care starts in the emergency department and continues after the patient leaves the hospital.

We invite you to contact us for more information on how we collaborate with patients and members of their care team (physicians and rehabilitation specialists) to improve quality of life and reduce the chance of recurrent stroke.