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Hoag Neurosciences Institute Ahead of the Rest

By Hoag

Most hospitals in Orange County refer their stroke and aneurysm patients elsewhere for complex interventions and treatments. The place they often refer to is Hoag.

Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute prides itself on having the best and most experienced team, offering the latest techniques and most advanced technology to its patients. Hoag is a designated Stroke-Neurology Receiving Center, and a founding member of Orange County’s comprehensive stroke hospital network, Hoag constantly monitors its processes in order to deliver the best outcomes for stroke patients.

It is the only program able to produce nation-leading patient outcome statistics for all patients it treats three months out from their stroke. In fact, Hoag ranks among the top 5 percent of stroke centers in the nation and has been lauded with numerous awards.

Hoag also leads in the minimally invasive treatment of brain aneurysms, using image-guided catheter delivery of coils that eradicate this outpouching of a weakened arterial channel. Interventional neuroradiologists Wallace Peck, M.D., F.A.C.R, and Binh Nguyen, M.D., and Michael Brant-Zawadzki M.D., F.A.C.R., Ron & Sandi Simon Executive Medical Director Endowed Chair, collectively represent more years of experience in such treatment of this potentially deadly disease than any other team in Orange County, and are among the most highly trained in the nation. The rate of complications for elective brain aneurysm coil treatment at Hoag is 1.6 percent, well below the national benchmark.

Interventional neuroradiology, which uses minimally invasive techniques to treat stroke, aneurysms and other neurovascular disorders, is a constantly evolving field. Hoag’s team is dedicated to evolving with it. As medical engineering companies roll out new equipment, they look to Hoag to help pioneer techniques and train other surgeons nationwide.

“Because we do so many interventions, our team is geared up and ready, including adoption of new innovations as they appear,” Dr. Peck said. “When you do these procedures as often as we do, everybody involved is comfortable with the process. It makes for a better and smoother procedure and better outcomes.”

That is one of the reasons why Hoag received the Neurosciences Excellence Award from a leading independent health care research firm this year, as well as recognition as one of the 50 best hospitals in the country and as a distinguished hospital for clinical excellence. Hoag was also named to the Becker’s Hospital Review’s 2014 list of 100 great neurosurgery and spine programs and consistently wins accolades and awards from respected health care groups and agencies.

Among the most meaningful recognition we received this year was from grateful patient and stroke survivor Gary Fudge, who donated $1.5 million to the Hoag Hospital Foundation to support Hoag’s Stroke Program. The gift is being put to use in the Neurosciences Institute to update the Fudge Family Advanced Imaging Suite at Hoag Hospital Newport Beach.

This suite houses the new Siemens bi-plane angiography device, providing the most advanced image-guided technology which will yield more precise mapping of blood vessels during intervention for stroke rescue and brain aneurysm treatment using minimally invasive techniques, with lower radiation exposure for patients.

“The new machine is the most advanced technology out there,” Nguyen said. “It is going to make our job easier and faster with even better patient outcomes.”

Staying current to give our patients the best care possible: That’s the Hoag advantage.