BECAUSE YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
“The Doctors, Nurses and staff at Winthrop play a huge role in my life. Living with MS, it’s important to have trust in your health care providers. I did not have that until I came to Winthrop.” – Allison Bryant
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By Aaron Pinkhasov, MD Chairman, Department of Behavioral Health Winthrop-University Hospital
Alzheimer’s disease (AD), is a chronic, slowly progressive disorder that involves impairment of cognitive functions, speech, personality and executive function.1
While it is estimated that over 5 million Americans are affected by AD, it also places a profound burden on the lives of approximately 15-20 million caregivers.2 They must deal with the impact of this devastating disease on the patient, as well as the stress their responsibilities place on their own health. Much of a caregiver’s burden stems from having to deal with the AD patient’s difficult-to-manage and heartbreaking behaviors.
An Interview with Artem Y. Vaynman, MD Neurosurgeon Winthrop-University Hospital
Viewing the intricate, multifaceted anatomy of the spine during surgery has always been challenging. However, with the development of microsurgery, advanced imaging technology and — most recently — image-guided spine surgery, visualization of the complex structure has reached new heights.
Now, instead being restricted to traditional invasive spine surgery — where only the part of the anatomy that is exposed can be seen — spine surgeons have more treatment options to offer select patients. Because they can obtain a full view of the spine with the new visualization technology, they can perform less invasive, safer surgery percutaneously, through small incisions.
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Representatives from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) recently awarded Winthrop-University Hospital a grant for $23,123. The grant will assist researchers Allison Reiss, MD, Head of the Inflammation Section of the Winthrop Research Institute, and Mark Stecker, MD, PhD, Chairman of the Department of Neurosciences at Winthrop, along with their team in conducting an innovative study called “Platelet-Rich Plasma in the Study of Alzheimer’s Pathophysiology.”
“We are grateful to be working with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America in research that may have such significant benefits to patients in the future,” said Dr. Stecker. “We strongly feel that partnerships like this one will have a tremendous impact on the health of the population.”
Winthrop Physicians To Speak At First G20 World Brain Mapping & Therapeutic Scientific Summit In Australia
Mark Menniti Stecker, MD, PhD, Chairman, Department of Neurosciences, Winthrop-University Hospital, and Ramin Rak, MD, FAANS, Co-Surgical Director of the Long Island Brain Tumor Center at Neurological Surgery, PC (NSPC) and attending neurosurgeon at Winthrop, will be among a select group of neuroscience experts and representatives of governments from across the globe to speak at the First Annual G20 World Brain Mapping & Therapeutic Summit. The summit will take place November 13, during a meeting of the G20 nations in Brisbane, Australia.
Since the first treatment protocol for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) introduced back in 1993, great strides have been made in the treatment and management of the disease. At the Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Center at Winthrop-University Hospital, patients benefit from the hands-on care as well as the ongoing research and clinical trials that have led to major breakthroughs in new treatment options.
“More medications for MS are released and approved every year,” stated Malcolm Gottesman, MD, Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Center and Chief of Neurology at Winthrop. “Over the years, the pace for conducting research has increased, leading to more effective treatments for our patients and a brighter outlook for the future.”
Volunteers have travelled from across the country to assist with Long Island relief efforts after Hurricane Sandy. The Team at the Winthrop Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care Center was recently given the opportunity to give back to one such volunteer, 41-year-old Robert Burcham of Tennessee.
Although Mr. Burcham suffers from Multiple Sclerosis (MS), he hasn’t let it stop him from assisting victims of environmental disasters across the country over the years. Mr. Burcham is an expert in his field – assessing damage to roofs that are difficult for most people to get to. When Mr. Burcham had the opportunity to come to New York to help with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, he didn’t delay, even though that meant he would be missing his Tysabri Infusion – a therapy that he receives every 28 days to slow down the progression of MS.
“When I left Tennessee, I was already due for another treatment, but I wanted to get out here to help, and then I was so busy that I never made time to take care of myself,” he said.
After spending a month in New York helping others, Mr. Burcham called The Winthrop Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care Center. Dr. Gottesman and the Center’s Team worked to ensure that Mr. Burcham could promptly receive the necessary treatment.
“We were eager to do anything we could to help Mr. Burcham,” said Denise Cheng, RN, who was instrumental in coordinating Mr. Burcham’s treatment.
“During the process, I was privileged to get to know Mr. Burcham – he is a remarkable man who lives his life to the fullest.”
“From the very first time I met Dr. Gottesman, I felt confident that I was in good hands,” Mr. Burcham said. After receiving the infusion, Mr. Burcham was immediately able to travel to his next appointment assessing roof damage on Long Island homes.
The Winthrop Compre hensive Multiple Sclerosis Care Center has been recognized by the National MS Society since 2000 as a center for comprehensive care, providing services that address the varied and often complex issues related to living with MS. With a multidisciplinary and humanistic approach to treatment and care, the Center offers a variety of services, including clinically proven medication therapies; an Onsite Infusion Center; a referral network for appropriate specialty services; and support groups. The Center is also involved in many ongoing clinical research trials, including participation in the New York State MS Consortium since 1997.
For more information about The Winthrop Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care Center, call 1-866- WINTHROP.
Hurricane Sandy volunteer Robert Burcham of Tennessee (right) receives a Tysabri Infusion, which helps slow down the progression of Multiple Sclerosis. He is joined by his care team at Winthrop (l.-r.): Denise Cheng, RN; Eileen Boylan, RN; and Malcolm Gottesman, MD, Chief of the Division of Neurology and Director of The Winthrop Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care Center.
Winthrop-University Hospital has teamed up with Cablevision System Corp. to launch an interactive video on-demand television channel offering 24/7 health-related content to Cablevision’s nearly three million viewers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Winthrop HealthTV, which recently launched on Optimum TV channel 652, provides viewers with around-the-clock health and wellness content, including videos from Winthrop’s leading medical experts on specific health conditions as well as information about a wealth of community programs, classes and events at Winthrop.
“People are growing increasingly health conscious and with that, they want – and need – vital health information at their fingertips at all times,” said John F. Collins, President and CEO of Winthrop. “Winthrop is proud to work with Cablevision to provide an important avenue through which they can have constant access to valuable information from members of our expert medical team on a range of important health topics.”
Patients living with epilepsy, a complex seizure disorder, face many challenges. Characterized by disabling seizures triggered by abnormal electrical activity in the brain cells, the disease can manifest itself through a range of symptoms from minor physical signs and thought disturbances to traumatic physical convulsions. Several types of seizures are easy to control, and many patients are well enough between episodes to lead normal lives. However, about 30% of the estimated 3 million Americans with epilepsy suffer with persistent seizures.
Congratulations to the Stroke Team for achieving the 2013 GOLD PLUS status! The highest Winthrop-University Hospital, a New York State-designated Primary Stroke Center, was recently recognized by the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association’s (AHA/ASA) Get With The Guidelines® (GWTG) Program with the Gold Plus level quality achievement award for stroke patient care. The GWTG program is a quality-improvement program that helps hospitals ensure that patients consistently receive cardiac and stroke care in accordance with the most up-to-date scientific guidelines and recommendations.
The Gold Plus award recognizes hospitals who achieve performance scores of 85 percent or greater compliance with quality standards for more than 12 consecutive months.