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A new 32-contact spinal cord stimulation surgical lead may reduce lower back pain. At the American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, Julie Pilitsis, MD, PhD, discussed patient responses. Read More.

Parkinson's patient benefits from Deep Brain Stumulation

Deep brain stimulation is a procedure performed in order to help control movement disorders related to Parkinson's disease. It is known to improve quality of life for patients who can no longer find relief from prescribed medications. This was the case for Tom Bradley, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease over a decade ago. Learn about Tom's story and how Neurosurgeons and Neurologists at Albany Medical Center helped Tom improve his quality of life and feel more like he did before he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Read the Times Union article.

Albany Med is the first facility in the nation to implant the latest spinal cord stimulator for pain relief.

Dr. Julie Pilitsis performed the procedure and stated, “We are excited to be the first to offer these advanced capabilities to our patients suffering from chronic pain, in hopes of giving back their quality of life.” Learn more about this exciting medical advancement at Albany Med.

Dr. Julie Pilitisis Participates in the Northeast Young Onset Parkinson Conference
In October of 2011, Julie Pilitsis, MD, PhD, – the only neurosurgeon in the Capital Region with subspecialty fellowship training in functional neurosurgery – participated in the American Parkinson Disease Association’s Northeast Young Onset Conference and delivered remarks titled: Deep Brain Stimulation: What to Expect from Surgery and After. Watch Now.
Albany Medical Center Ranked #1 in Market by U.S. News & World Report
Albany Med has been ranked first in the Albany-Schenectady-Troy area in U.S. News & World Report’s "America’s Best Hospitals 2011-2012." In addition, 10 specialties at Albany Med were listed as “high performing” including: cancer; diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology; geriatrics; gynecology; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; and urology.
Albany Med Recognized for Outstanding Quality in Stroke Care
Albany Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/Stroke Association’s highest distinction possible—Get With The Guidelines-Stroke (GWTG-S) Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. To receive the award, a hospital must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all GWTG-S quality achievement indicators for at least two years, and must achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 quality measures. These measures include aggressive use of treatments, such as clot-dissolving drugs like tPA, and risk-reduction therapies to prevent a second stroke such as antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, drugs to prevent deep vein thrombosis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.
Albany Med Lauded for Outstanding Clinical Quality in Stroke, Heart Attack and Heart Failure
Albany Medical Center has been recognized by the American Heart Association/Stroke Association for leading the nation in following evidence-based guidelines for patients with heart failure, coronary artery disease and stroke. By receiving the Gold Performance Achievement Award in all three categories, Albany Med becomes one of only two hospitals in New York State, and one of 13 in the nation, to receive this distinction under the American Heart Association/Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) program.

Hospital Collaboration Improves Care for Saratoga County Stroke Patients
Saratoga Hospital, Albany Medical Center Join Forces to Speed Stroke Evaluation, Treatment

Saratoga Hospital announced a collaboration agreement with Albany Medical Center to speed and enhance the evaluation and treatment of stroke patients from the Saratoga Region—and to give them faster access to cutting-edge treatments at Albany Medical Center, when appropriate. The two hospitals will be linked electronically, allowing emergency physicians at Saratoga Hospital and stroke specialists at Albany Medical Center to view patient scans simultaneously, in real time, and consult on the best course of treatment. This will streamline the process for identifying those who need advanced care, will get them to Albany Medical Center more quickly, and will help speed treatment once they arrive there.

Albany Med Again Receives Stroke Center Certification from Joint Commission
Albany Medical Center has once again been awarded the Primary Stroke Center Certification from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO), and has earned the organizations Gold Seal of Approval for being a JCAHO accredited institution with an advanced certification in stroke care. The Medical Center is one of only 13 health care institutions in New York State to hold this distinction. With this certification, the Joint Commission has reconfirmed that Albany Meds multi-disciplinary team approach to stroke care leads to better outcomes for our patients, said Gary L. Bernardini, M.D., Ph.D., director of stroke and neurocritical care and professor in neurology and neurosurgery at Albany Med. I am honored to work with the physicians and staff at Albany Med who work diligently to uphold the standard of care our patients expect and deserve.