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Mechanical Thrombectomy in Wake-Up Strokes: A Case Series Using Alberta Stroke Program Early CT Score (ASPECTS) for Patient Selection

Angelos Aristeidis Konstas, MD, PhD, Artin Minaeian, MD, and Ian B. Ross, MD

Background: There is lack of published studies on mechanical thrombectomy with stent retrievers for wake-up stroke (WUS). Objective: To report the outcomes of WUS patients with large vessel occlusions, selected for intervention based on Alberta Stroke Program Early CT Score (ASPECTS) and treated with stent retrievers or primary aspiration thrombectomy. Methods: Data were collected retrospectively for each consecutive WUS patient undergoing mechanical thrombectomy with a stent retriever or primary aspiration catheter between February 2015 and September 2016. ASPECTS ≥6 was used as the primary imaging criterion for offering thrombectomy in these WUS patients. Main outcomes were the in-hospital improvement in the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) and the occurrence of symptomatic hemorrhage. Results: Twelve patients were included in this study; 11 were treated with stent retrievers and 1 was treated with primary aspiration thrombectomy alone. Successful recanalization was achieved in 100% of the patients (33% thrombolysis in cerebral infarction [TICI] 2B and 67% TICI 3). Every patient experienced a reduction in the NIHSS during hospitalization, with a mean NIHSS decrease of 11.1 ± 5.1 points. There was a trend for a larger reduction in the NIHSS in patients with TICI 3 compared to TICI 2B recanalization. There was no symptomatic intracranial hemorrhage in our cohort. Conclusions: For patients with WUS, careful selection of patients using ASPECTS may allow for safe interventions, with low risk of clinical deterioration, and no-periprocedural mortality. All our patients demonstrated a reduction in their NIHSS after the thrombectomy and clinical improvement. Read the full article here.

Huntington Memorial Hospital Announces Major Endowment From James and Eleanor Randall to Support Breast Cancer Center

As breast cancer awareness month shines a spotlight on one of the nation's leading healthcare concerns, Huntington Memorial Hospital announced today the receipt of a significant endowment from James and Eleanor Randall to support the work and care taking place at the hospital's nationally renowned breast center.

Currently, Huntington Hospital's breast center provides thoughtful, compassionate and innovative care to thousands of women each year. The new Randall Endowment for Breast Care will provide the funds needed to support ongoing excellence in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment within the newly named James and Eleanor Randall Breast Center.

"This new endowment is vital to the ongoing needs of the hospital and the community," said Ruth Williamson, MD, medical director for breast cancer services. "Thanks to the incredible generosity of James and Eleanor Randall, each year we will be able to deploy funds wherever there is the greatest need and ensure that Huntington Hospital remains at the forefront of breast cancer care and treatment. By doing so, Huntington will remain a beacon of hope for thousands of women in our region now and for generations to come."

Dr. Williamson explains that the funds may be used to support advanced diagnostic and therapeutic services or to introduce new and advanced care protocols or new technologies. Other potential uses of funds could include care-coordination services to help patients navigate their complex care needs, pain-management and palliative care services that reduce discomfort and enhance quality of life, support and assistance for patients' families, dietitian services, leading-edge research that further enhances care, and general upgrades to the Randall Breast Center facilities as needed.

Inspired in part by their personal experience, the Randalls felt compelled to give back to the breast center that was, for them, "an oasis in the midst of the chaos that comes with a cancer diagnosis."When asked how they felt about their generous gift that will secure vital care for women in the San Gabriel Valley and beyond, Eleanor simply answered that she is "happy knowing that countless other women will be able to get the same care as I did."

Huntington Hospital's breast cancer program brings together a specialized team of highly trained breast cancer experts – physicians, nurse navigators and other healthcare professionals–who integrate multiple disciplines in a compassionate, comprehensive approach.The hospital's state-of-the-art imaging means more cancers are found at their earliest, treatable stages when more treatment options are available and survival chances are improved. The hospital's leading-edge treatments lead to survival outcomes on par with results from university medical centers and research institutes. Huntington Hospital has received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

Celebrating a milestone: 50 strokes in 316 days

This week the medical team of Huntington Memorial Hospital and The Hill Medical Corporation marked the 50th stroke thrombectomy procedure performed in less than a year since they started offering 24/7 endovascular stroke intervention. Acute stroke patients usually have a high mortality and severe neurological deficits for the rest of their lives. Following this life-saving procedure, where the clot is removed from a main artery in the brain (thrombectomy), most of our patients were discharged home with minimal or no residual neurological deficits. We value the partnership with Huntington Hospital, and are proud to be part of this successful program.

(Hill Medical Doctors pictured (L to R) are: Dr. Angelo A. Konstas, Dr. Richard A. Reed, Dr. Christopher G. Hedley, Dr. Leonard V. Petrus)

The Hill Imaging Center Enhances its Site to Meet the Healthcare Needs of the Growing Communities in the East San Gabriel Valley.

March 25, 2015, Glendora CA – Since its inception in 1997, the Hill Imaging Center’s mission has always been to put the patient first and provide the highest quality patient care in a comfortable, compassionate atmosphere. To this point, the Hill Imaging Center was the first facility in the San Gabriel Valley to offer an Open MRI which allows for a more patient-friendly experience. Since then, they have served thousands of patients, staff 23-full time Radiologists, and are part of a network that employs over 300 people. The center was also recently accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) as a Lung Cancer Screening Center.

"We are proud to be part of this growing community", said The Hill Medical Corporation President, Dr. Christopher G. Hedley, "we have expanded our radiological services so we may work hand in hand with our medical partners and referring physician community to provide a more comprehensive alternative to imaging services."

The Open House is set for Thursday March 26, 2015 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. The event will be held at the Hill Imaging Center located at 130 West Route 66, Suite 110, Glendora, CA 91740. The event will feature the newly renovated facility, with added modalities to meet the demand of the referring Physician community. The center has added a high field 1.5 MRI that will assist in detecting diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer's. In addition, the Hill Imaging Center has added a DXA (or bone density) machine that will aid in the screening of Osteoporosis. The center is also ACR accredited in CT scans, Mammography, Ultrasound, and X-rays.

Huntington Memorial Hospital Physicians Urge Congress to Support Lung Cancer Screenings for Medicare Patients

In an effort to urge Congress to support lung cancer screenings for Medicare patients, Huntington-Hill Imaging Center is participating in a lung cancer screening program. HHIC's Dr. Jon Foran (far left) is pictured along with the Honorable Congresswoman Judy Chu (center), and representatives of Huntington Memorial Hospital. For more information about HHIC’s Lung Screening Program please visit https://www.hillmedical.com/lung_ct/.

Physicians from Huntington Memorial Hospital recently met with Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), urging our local congresswoman to support Medicare funding for lung cancer screenings. Studies have shown that such screenings could save an estimated 14,000 lives each year among Medicare beneficiaries. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) private insurers will begin covering the screening at no cost to patients. The ACA does not specify that Medicare must do so.

"Lung cancer screenings with low dose CT scans has been proven to lower cancer mortality in patients with a history of heavy cigarette smoking," said Robbin Cohen, MD, medical director for the thoracic oncology program at Huntington Hospital. "Unless the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services acts soon, patients with private insurance will be covered for lung cancer screenings, but Medicare patients won't. We wanted to work with Congresswoman Chu to ensure that Medicare patients are covered for this potentially life-saving program."

Under Dr. Cohen’s leadership the Lung Cancer Program at Huntington Hospital has grown to be recognized as one of the largest and most comprehensive programs of its kind in the greater Los Angeles area.

Pasadena Goes Pink raises $14,410.27 for Huntington Memorial Hospital Breast Center

As part of the annual "Firefighters Go Pink" campaign, Pasadena Firefighters proudly presented a check to the Huntington Memorial Hospital Breast Center for $14,410.27.

Events included a media kick-off and walk around the Rose Bowl, a day of fundraising at the California Pizza Kitchen, t-shirt sales and Firefighters wearing pink uniform t-shirts for Breast Cancer Week in October. Huntington Hospital is so grateful for the community support.

Our VP of Operations, Cathy Vesolowski, was recently quoted in Health CXO discussing the important role of navigators for cancer patients, and the nurse navigator program offered at the Jim & Eleanor Randall Breast Center. Read the full article here.

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Six of our radiologists were recently voted as Rising Stars on Super Doctors in the LA Magazine: Dr. Moreno, Dr. Munir, Dr. Varasprasathan, Dr. Harris, Dr. Chaudhary and Dr. Kang. Only 2.5% of doctors within the region are named to the Rising Stars list based on high degree of professional achievement and peer recognition.

In addition to the Rising Stars category, we also had Dr. Petrus and Dr. Hedley listed in the Super Doctors category. Congratulations to these amazing radiologists and thank you for all of your hard work at the Hill Medical Corporation.

Read more about the Super Doctors list and the radiologists that made the list here.

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