First in the Region with a Neurointerventional Suite

November 30, 2018
Temecula Valley Hospital - Neuro Interventional Biplane Suite

Temecula Valley Hospital’s recent expansion debuted the region’s first neurointerventional program, including a biplane suite. “The biplane room allows physicians to treat our stroke patients who need endovascular therapy faster, in addition to reducing the patient’s exposure to radiation and contrast. This makes the procedures safer overall for the patient,” says Interventional​ Neuroradiology Medical Director​ Hamed Farid, MD. “This advanced equipment features imaging capabilities that allow doctors to see the blood vessels in the brain in 3-D, in order to plan out the intervention in the safest and most accurate manner for each patient. Utilizing this new technology, physicians can treat stroke, brain aneurysms, and other blood vessel-related disorders of the brain in the most effective and safest manner.”

The sooner a neurological issue is addressed, the better the chance the patient has for a good recovery. The hospital offers full neurology services, including remote readings via telemedicine 24 hours a day for emergent neurology and stroke patients, a neurohospitalist on-site seven days a week, and endovascular interventional neurosciences. “Temecula Valley Hospital has the most comprehensive neuroscience services in Southwest Riverside County,” says Stroke Medical Director, Branko Huisa, MD.

New capabilities mean patients can receive a higher level of care – close to home – without having to travel out of the area.

Other new equipment includes an additional CT scan machine; a hybrid operating room, which combines an operating room with an advanced X-ray imaging system to perform minimally invasive procedures; and two new cardiac catheterization labs, with one used specifically to treat cardiac arrhythmias, such as atrial fibrillation, and also to place pacemakers and defibrillators. “These additional services enable Temecula Valley Hospital to enhance the outcomes of our patients and to better meet the advanced healthcare needs of the community,” says CEO Darlene Wetton.

Award-Winning Patient Safety and Care

The acquisition of advanced technology is a bonus to the nationally recognized quality healthcare TVH provides to the community. The hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification for meeting and exceeding national accreditation benchmarks. TVH is also designated as a STEMI Receiving Center and Stroke Ready Hospital by the Riverside and San Diego counties Emergency Medical Services agencies.

In addition, TVH has earned an “A” rating for patient safety five times in a row from The Leapfrog Group, and is one of only six general hospitals in California to win the Top Hospital award.

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