SUMMIT, NJ – The helipad at Overlook Medical Center, designated for hospital-to-hospital transport of critically ill neuroscience patients, has enabled the Atlantic Health System hospital to receive, on October 7, its 100th patient by air transfer.
Since the helipad opened on Overlook;s roof November 28, 2016, 100 critically ill neuroscience patients have been transferred by air from other hospitals to the medical center’s Atlantic Neuroscience Institute.
“The majority of patients are suffering from a stroke, intracranial hemorrhage or aneurysm and are in need of highly skilled intervention and care as fast as possible,” said John Halperin, MD, chair of neurosciences at Overlook Medical Center and medical director of Atlantic Neuroscience Institute.
Overlook Medical Center is a Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center staffed with a team of stroke neurologists and nurses and a team of endovascular neurosurgeons who can remove brain blood clots through minimally invasive interventional procedures. Critically ill patients are cared for in the hospital’s 10-bed neuro-intensive care unit staffed by specialty-trained and credentialed neuroscience nurses and dedicated fellowship trained physicians specializing in neuro- intensive care.
Most strokes are caused by interruption of the blood supply to part of the brain. This deprives the brain of oxygen, which causes brain cells to die. Because speed is critical to preserving brain tissue many hospitals opt to transfer their patients who need a higher level care to Overlook Medical Center by helicopter.
Patients come from as far as White Plains Hospital in New York, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune City, and Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. Fifteen patients have been transferred from Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington.
Transferred patients are generally evenly divided between men and women and range in age from 30 to 93 years, with…