UC Irvine Medical Center is Named a Designated Stroke Receiving Center – Orange County
Posted May 09 2009 10:41pm
The facility is set up to handle transient ischemic attacks, or mini-strokes. To qualify as a center there needs to be a dedicated medical director and an emergency medicine physician on-site at all times, as well as a neurologist, neurosurgeon.
In addition, UC Irvine also has an interventional neuroradiologist, who does all the planning and routing and has the software and technology to accomplish this. By using 3D and HD technology, targeting can be pinpointed more exactly than the human eye can see. BD
ORANGE — UCI Medical Center, equipped to provide state-of-the-art stroke care, is the first hospital in Southern California to be recognized as a designated stroke receiving center, officials said Thursday.
The hospital got high marks from The Joint Commission, formerly known as the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, for its stroke-care services.
UCI is also one of the first in the state to create a program for treating transient ischemic attacks, or mini-strokes, which may occur in advance of a major stroke, according to Dr. Steven C. Cramer, who spearheaded the program.
"This is an enormous step forward for the health of Orange County's residents," Cramer said.