In treating strokes, brain aneurysms, and life-threatening neurovascular emergencies, time is of the essence. The extraordinary clinical expertise and state-of-the-art technologies of Lahey Hospital & Medical Center’s neurology services are available around the clock, ensuring that patients receive the right care, at the right time—no matter the level of complexity. LHMC’s Stroke Center serves an exceptionally large population from across New England, and patient volume has doubled over the past two years. This is due in part to the creation of LHMC’s novel Telestroke Program, which extends our specialized stroke care through technology that enables neurologists to remotely assess patients’ symptoms.
Philanthropy is critically needed at this time to advance LHMC’s neurology services in two pivotal areas: neurointerventional radiology and neurocritical care, both of which are key to our continued role as a regional leader in stroke care.
Increasing Capacity for Neurosciences Critical Care
To further advance LHMC’s extraordinary leadership in stroke and neurovascular care, construction has begun on a dedicated Neurosciences Critical Care Unit (NCCU). “This new space will provide us with a critically important ICU area that will both enhance our staff’s clinical collaboration and streamline our excellent neurocritical care,” says Jayashri Srinivasan, MD, PhD, Chair of the LHMC Department of Neurology, who will supervise the unit together with Neurocritical Care Director Joseph D. Burns, MD. “The idea of a dedicated neuro ICU was first conceived by our longtime neurology chair Dr. H. Royden Jones, and I am thrilled to help bring that vision to fruition.”
Expert neurointensivists, physicians trained in both neurology and critical care medicine, will lead a team of specially trained nurses and advanced practitioners to care for patients in the 11,000-square-foot space. The NCCU will house 18 beds, including nine neurosciences critical care beds and nine neurosciences progressive care (step-down) beds. A conference room, private family waiting room, and a clinical care hub that includes nursing stations and a physician workroom will also be central to the new unit.
“With neurovascular conditions, you not only have to have the best clinicians and resources but also the ability to act collaboratively with extreme efficiency because of the time-critical nature of these events. The new neuro ICU has been specially designed to enable our team to do exactly that,” says Dr. Srinivasan. “By committing to and investing in the expansion and development of these key spaces, we can continue to advance LHMC’s long legacy of outstanding stroke and neurological care.”
LHMC is seeking philanthropic support to continue the construction of the NCCU, which is underway at the hospital.
Doubled Capacity for Neurointerventional Radiology
Among the many distinguishing elements of LHMC’s neurological care is its world-class expertise in neurointerventional radiology (NIR). Under the direction of Chief of Neurointerventional Radiology Ajay Wakhloo, MD, PhD, a highly skilled team provides a range of minimally invasive treatments for stroke, brain tumors, cerebral aneurysms, and other conditions affecting the central nervous system.
“Sophisticated imaging technologies enable us to remove blood clots in patients with thrombotic strokes, to divert blood flow in the treatment of brain aneurysms, and to block the blood supply to vascular malformations and brain and spinal tumors,” says Dr. Wakhloo, a pioneer in minimally invasive treatment for brain aneurysms, who has achieved a 90 to 100 percent cure rate for the condition. “Because we make use of the patient’s own blood vessels to access these treatment areas, patients do not have to undergo invasive surgery.”
Since 2019, Dr. Wakhloo and his colleagues have treated patients in a state-of-the-art NIR suite located in LHMC’s main hospital building. Outfitted with exceptionally advanced imaging technologies, the leading-edge space is available year-round, 24 hours a day, ready for patients requiring immediate care. “To meet growing demand and to better serve our community, we aim to create a second NIR suite,” explains Dr. Wakhloo. “This renovated space will provide the same sophisticated imaging capabilities of our current suite and allow us to essentially double our capacity to perform these lifesaving procedures.”
LHMC is seeking philanthropic support to enable the purchase of new equipment and the renovation of a second NIR suite.
For more information on LHMC’s new Neurointerventional Radiology Suite or the Neurosciences Critical Care Unit, or if you are interested in making a gift, please contact Julia Parrillo at 781-744-3333.