Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center of West Islip last week introduced a dedicated stroke and brain aneurysm center to the South Shore.

“More than once a day, someone comes to the Good Samaritan Emergency Room with a stroke,” said Catholic Health Services chairman of Neuroscience Services and Good Samaritan Chief of Neurosurgery, Dr. Kevin Mullins.

“To be local, to have your family be able to come to the hospital in 10 or 15 minutes, as opposed to an hour or more, it makes a big difference,” he continued. “This is another one of the signature programs at Good Sam that will dramatically impact the community.”

The Stroke and Brain Aneurysm Center features state-of-the-art imagining systems, which provide instantaneous visuals of the cerebral anatomy, CHS officials explained.

Inside the center, there are five beds dedicated for neurosurgical intensive care, as well as four step-down beds.

A small celebration was held last week to mark the new center’s opening in the hospital, where existing space was renovated to create the procedure rooms and the neuro intensive care unit.

The center will equip Good Samaritan with the ability to treat the most complex brain, neck and spine conditions via neuro-intervention — a minimally invasive procedure shown to improve outcome, reduce recovery time and save lives, according to an announcement from Islip Town.

“We brought together an entire team of highly skilled medical professionals who trained at world class medical facilities, and now we’re using that experience at the Stroke & Brain Aneurysm Center,” said the center’s director and co-director of the Neuro ICU, Dr. Kimon Bekelis.

Top: Catholic Health Services and elected officials last week at Good Sam. (courtesy)