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New Jersey’s Upcoming Stroke Symposium Highlights Advances in Rapid Care

May 7, 2019

Atlantic Health System’s 19th Annual Neuroscience Conference Series

Summit, NJ – Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center is hosting its 19th annual stroke symposium at the The Westin Governor Morris Hotel in Morristown on May 18, 2019, with a focus on the “ABCs” of rapid stroke care. The medical center is known for excellent care of people with stroke and other neurological conditions.

Overlook Medical Center is home to the only stroke program in New York and New Jersey to be recognized as 100 Best in the nation by Healthgrades® six years in a row. Since 2017, Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center has been named among the Top 5% of hospitals in the U.S. for excellence in Treatment of Stroke, Cranial Neurosurgery and Neurosciences more times than any other hospital in NY or NJ.

The symposium will feature presentations by a number of neurology and neurosurgery experts at Overlook Medical Center, along with several distinguished guests. The keynote speaker is Gregory W. Albers, MD, professor of neurology, neurological sciences and neurosurgery at Stanford University and director of the Stanford Stroke Center, who will present “How the Stroke Stopwatch Was Shattered.” Other noteworthy attendees include John Lynch, MD, a neurologist from the National Institutes of Health who will discuss pediatric stroke, and Daniel Antoniello, MD, a neurologist at Montefiore Medical Center in New York who will cover the essentials of vascular cognitive impairment.

The symposium will delve into topics such as the role of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), an FDA-approved IV-administered drug therapy, to break up blood clots (presented by stroke neurologist John Hanna, MD, the medical director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center and neurosurgeon Ronald Benitez, MD, chair of endovascular neurosurgery); the MIND Trial, which evaluates the success of Artemis™, a Minimally Invasive Neuro Evacuation Device, in removing intracerebral hemorrhage (presented by neurosurgeon Paul Saphier, MD, principal investigator); stroke during pregnancy (presented by stroke neurologist Gary Belt, MD, FAAN); stroke intervention options beyond anticoagulation in atrial fibrillation patients (presented by stroke neurologist Robert A. Felberg, MD and interventional cardiologist David Bartov, MD); and how neuromuscular disorders can mimic acute stroke (presented by neurologist Andrew Tarulli, MD). The goal of the symposium is to facilitate an understanding of how cutting-edge research and treatment advances translate into rapid stroke care and more positive outcomes for patients.

In addition to the presentations, a case study session will feature several neurologists outlining specific cases. The day will conclude with a panel discussion, closing remarks and evaluations.

The symposium is designed for health care professionals interested in stroke care, especially pre-hospital health care providers (EMS), emergency room physicians and staff, stroke coordinators, stroke medical directors, nurses and other physicians such as hospitalists, intensivists, neurologists, neurosurgeons and interventional radiologists.

The registration deadline is Monday, May 13, 2019. Register online or call 1-800-247-9580 to register by phone.

Please call 908-522-6394 with any questions regarding the symposium.

About Atlantic Neuroscience Institute

Atlantic Neuroscience Institute, anchored at Overlook Medical Center, with active programs at Morristown, Newton, Chilton and Hackettstown Medical Centers, is the region’s leader in neuroscience care. Overlook Medical Center, with a helipad dedicated to emergency neurological patient transport only, as well as a Neuro-ICU and 29-bed neuroscience inpatient unit, has established a reputation for excellence in the diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of advanced neurological, neurosurgical and neuro-diagnostic services.

Overlook Medical Center performs more brain tumor surgeries than any other hospital in the state and is named by Healthgrades® among the top 5% in the nation for Neurosciences for five years in a row (2015-2019) and is a recipient of their Cranial Neurosurgery Excellence Award for two years in a row (2018-2019), which places Overlook Medical Center at the top 5% in the Nation for Cranial Neurosurgery in 2019. CareChex®, a medical quality rating system that reviews hospital clinical quality, patient safety and performance of nearly all acute care hospitals and health systems in the U.S., ranked Overlook Medical Center as number one in New Jersey and Top 100 in the Nation for Excellence in Major Neurosurgery.

Atlantic Neuroscience Institute’s most complex stroke patients are treated at Overlook Medical Center’s Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, a designation reserved for approximately 100 hospitals in the United States. Overlook is the only hospital in New Jersey named as one of Healthgrades® America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care™ for 7 years in a row (2013-2019).

The Atlantic Neuroscience Institute at Overlook Medical Center has established centers of excellence in the areas of brain tumor, concussion and traumatic brain injury, cerebrovascular disease, including stroke and aneurysm, degenerative diseases of the nervous system, epilepsy, memory and cognitive disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, neuromuscular disease, pain and headache, and spine disorders.

About Atlantic Health System

Atlantic Health System is at the forefront of medicine, setting standards for quality health care in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the New York metropolitan area. Powered by a workforce of more than 16,800 team members and 4,800 affiliated physicians dedicated to building healthier communities, Atlantic Health System serves more than half of the state of New Jersey including 11 counties and 4.9 million people. The system offers more than 400 sites of care, including six hospitals: Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ, Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ, Newton Medical Center in Newton NJ, Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, NJ, Hackettstown Medical Center in Hackettstown, NJ and Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ.

In addition to the employed workforce, Atlantic Alliance, a Clinically Integrated Network represents more than 2,500 health care providers throughout northern and central NJ. This network includes 1,000 physicians and providers comprising one of the largest multi-specialty practices in New Jersey - Atlantic Medical Group, as well as members of the Atlantic Accountable Care Organization and Optimus Healthcare Partners which work to enhance patient care delivery.

Atlantic Health System provides care for the full continuum of health care needs including 12 urgent care centers, Atlantic Rehabilitation and Atlantic Home Care and Hospice. Facilitating the connection between these services on both land and air is the transportation fleet of Atlantic Mobile Health.

Atlantic Health System leads the Healthcare Transformation Consortium, a partnership of seven regional hospitals and health systems dedicated to improving access and affordability and is a founding member of the PIER Consortium – Partners in Innovation, Education, and Research – a streamlined clinical trial system that will expand access to groundbreaking research across seven health systems in New Jersey.

Atlantic Health System has a medical school affiliation with Thomas Jefferson University and is home to the regional campus of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Morristown and Overlook Medical Centers and is the official health care partner of the New York Jets.