At Stony Brook University Hospital Neurosciences Institute, your comfort and recovery are our highest priorities. Our approach is collaborative, and our multidisciplinary team of specialists aims to work with you and your family during diagnosis, treatment, and beyond to support all aspects of your experience. Our care philosophy includes compassion and mutual understanding, where you and your family member(s) play an active role and are a partner with the healthcare team in your care.
Specifically, our model of Patient and Family Centered Care is founded on four core concepts. The first is that patients - and all people - should be treated with only the utmost respect and dignity. Second, it is the healthcare provider's responsibility to communicate and share complete and unbiased information with the patient and his or her family in supportive ways. Third, patients and families are encouraged to participate in their care and relevant decision-making at a level with which they are comfortable. Finally, the goal is healthy collaboration among patients, families, and providers regarding the appropriate treatment plan for you.
The integration of these concepts involves a long-term commitment to our patients and their families. Our model has its roots in many disciplines that states that health involves not only illness, but many other factors. We strongly believe in an atmosphere of shared decision-making and empowerment. This ensures that your voice will be heard, no matter your age, background, or stage of care.
We are embracing Patient and Family Centered Care throughout our organization. Some of the groups leading the way include:
Patient and Guest Services;
Patient Navigators; and
Brain Aneurysm Patient of Dr. Henry H. Woo
After researching physicians across the country, Gerard learned of Henry H. Woo, MD, a world-renowned neurosurgeon and neuro-interventionalist practicing at Stony Brook University Hospital. Gerard and his wife met with Dr. Woo to discuss the best treatment for his complex neurosurgical condition--a brain aneurysm. Even though Dr. Woo's approach was different than the other physicians' recommendations of a bypass, Gerard was confident that he had found the correct physician and agreed to intravascular reconstructive surgery. According to Gerard, the successful five-hour procedure gave him his life back.
Hello, my name is Priscilla Munoz, and I am a 59 year old who has suffered with back pain for more than 20 years. The last eight years I suffered with nearly unbearable chronic back pain, sciatica and sleeplessness due to pain (a sleep study done in 2007 found that I awoke 78 times in a six hour period!). This pain severely impacted my daily life -- at home, socially and at work...more.
When sisters Angela and Filomena Lombardi of Lombardi restaurant fame noticed their father Filippo was losing dexterity and strength, they urged him to see a doctor. He shrugged off their concern, attributing his loss of mobility to old age. But, when his strength and dexterity continued to deteriorate and they realized that "he wasn't quite right," they feared something much more serious, and decided to bring him to Stony Brook University Hospital...more.
Karen and George Oldham
When my husband George was airlifted from a ball field in Sag Harbor to Stony Brook University Hospital, I imagined the worst. Our family was frozen with fear. Within one hour of his arrival to the ER the team of doctors, led by Dr. Henry Woo, and tests confirmed George had a stroke. The days that followed were a nightmare for us. I wasn't sure if we should move him to a hospital in the city or stay. It really turned out to be an easy choice. The doctors and nurses at Stony Brook University Hospital were phenomenal. The quality of care and concern from the nursing staff in the SICU was beyond my expectations...more.
I founded Ride for Life to raise awareness and funds for ALS. I support Stony Brook's ALS Comprehensive Care Center because many fellow patients have mobility problems and need treatment and care close to home. The Center fulfills the medical and support needs of patients with ALS with one focused multidisciplinary team. To date, more than $300,000 has been raised for the Center...more.
I remember one day when my oldest son was 11 and hadn't spoken a word for several years. I was in his room, trying to have a conversation with him, and suddenly he turned around and with tears in his eyes said, 'Daddy.' I had never been so proud of him. I say to myself, if my son can do that, I will go to the ends of the earth to help these kids, and I will never give up.
Soon after being named head of Stony Brook's Cerebrovascular Center, Dr. Woo made history when he became the first on Long Island to use an innovative stent system to open blocked arteries in the brain of a patient. Joseph Chibbaro, 61, of Brookhaven Hamlet, despite appearing to be in good health, had an ischemic stroke in May 2007. After two days of testing at a community hospital he was sent home. He suffered a second stroke in August. Here is his account...more.
No one knew exactly how long Jay Cooke, a 64-year-old futures market analyst from Center Moriches, had been living with an uninvited and unwelcome guest in the anterior communicating artery of his brain. When stroke specialist Candice Perkins, MD, diagnosed Mr. Cooke with an aneurysm the size of a BB pellet, it was an incidental finding discovered as she studied results from diagnostic tests performed when he presented as a stroke patient in May of 2006. While Dr. Perkins was able to treat Mr. Cooke's stroke symptoms, there was another issue at hand -- to prevent a future devastating event from the aneurysm...more.
Nancy Mullan-Demirjian and M. John Demirjian
We feel truly blessed to live within an hour's drive of Stony Brook University Hospital. We know from personal experience that the doctors there, like Dr. Henry Woo in the Cerebrovascular Center, and Dr. Raphael Davis in the Department of Neurosurgery, are world class, so we have no need to look any further for the very best medical skill, working in state-of-the-art facilities. We also know from personal experience that the nursing care is superb, both highly professional and compassionate. Also very important: The food is good!