St. Mary's Celebrates 1 Yr Anniversary of Bi-Plane Room & Comprehensive Stroke Status 
 
Friday, 18 December 2009 
 
 
West Palm Beach, Florida – St. Mary’s Medical Center recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of the grand opening of its Bi-Plane Special Procedures Room, as well as earning the designation of becoming a Comprehensive Stroke Center. The anniversary was celebrated on December 18, 2009, with a reception in the hospital’s Radiation Hallway.

Attendees, including doctors, nurses and other medical staff members, were treated to cake and refreshments. Two of the physicians that use the room, Dr. Ali R. Malek, Interventional Neurologist, and Dr. Chad Kelman, Interventional Radiologist, addressed the crowd and expressed their gratitude to everyone who contributed to the success of the stroke program. Just before the anniversary, Dr. Malek performed his 250th case in the Bi-Plane room.

St. Mary’s $2.8 Million bi-plane special procedures room features the Innova 3131 digital flat panel biplane imaging system from GE Healthcare. The highly detailed images produced by the Innova 3131 make it possible to maneuver small devices such as catheters, stents and guide wires during neurovascular interventions, balloon angioplasties and other critical procedures.

The special procedures room also helped to elevate St. Mary’s to a Comprehensive Stroke Center in 2008. This designation was given by the Joint Commission, a national organization that accredits hospitals. The Commission’s “seal of approval” certifies that St. Mary’s offers the highest quality patient care and meets the national guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.

“We are extremely proud to celebrate this significant milestone for our hospital’s stroke care programs and services,” said St. Mary’s CEO, Davide Carbone. “Our Stroke Center is one of the best places for a patient to receive stroke treatment in South Florida, and we look forward to continuing to provide our patients with this high-level of service for many years to come.”

According to the American Stroke Association, stroke kills more than 150,000 people per year, which makes it the number three cause of death behind diseases of the heart and cancer.