Recognized as leading stroke center, St. Jude’s “smart” surgical suites set it apart.
Allied Anesthesia is a proud partner of St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, where innovative medicine is the norm not the exception.
St. Jude was recently named one of the nation’s top stroke centers by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, making it one of only 10 hospitals in the state to earn the distinction.
The chances of survival for stroke patients and others suffering neurological disorders were enhanced when St. Jude opened its $255 million Northwest Tower, which includes a neurosurgical operating suite outfitted with high-resolution, digital intra-operative magnetic resonance imaging (iMRI) coupled with sophisticated new surgical navigation, visualization and information capabilities.
The neurosurgical operating suite, which is one of 14 “smart” surgical suites located on the tower’s third floor, is the first of its kind in California.
“Independently, the iMRI operating suite and Comprehensive Stroke program are both highly specialized and not commonly found in most hospitals; rarely are they found in the same hospital,” said Dr. Kyle Wehner of Allied Anesthesia, which provides anesthesia services to St. Jude Medical Center. “These combined programs truly set us apart from other Southern California hospitals.”
The iMRI suite allows neurosurgeons to assess their progress using real-time MRI imaging while the patient is still anesthetized. They can ensure that an entire tumor is resectioned and check for bleeding or other complications that could require additional surgery.
Allied Anesthesia physician Dr. Tim Downing was directly involved in the stroke certification process and was the first anesthesiologist to be trained on the iMRI protocols.
“Anytime you can minimize a patient’s exposure to anesthesia, it lowers the risk of complications,” Downing said.
The iMRI operating suite complements the hospital’s state-of-the-art Neurointerventional Lab, where stroke patients are taken to be catheterized if preliminary procedures are unsuccessful. If the patient requires surgery, the iMRI suite is close by.
“This will absolutely improve the stroke patient’s odds of survival,” Downing said.
The Advanced Certification Comprehensive Stroke Center designation recognizes St. Jude’s superiority in expertise, resources and training that are necessary to successfully treat complex stroke cases.
St. Jude already has been recognized nationally for exceptional neurosurgical outcomes, including being named a top neurosurgery hospital by Blue Shield/Blue Cross.
Allied Anesthesia has an excellent reputation and proven track record for quality of care, efficiency and patient satisfaction.