Neurology and Neurosurgery

Vassar Brothers Medical Center earns Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center Certification from the Joint Commission

Members of the Vassar Brothers Medical Center stroke team outside on the helipad of the hospital.


Vassar Brothers Medical Center is one of the only hospitals in the Hudson Valley with advanced stroke care certification


Nuvance Health’s Vassar Brothers Medical Center has achieved Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center Certification from the Joint Commission. The certification means Vassar Brothers Medical Center has met rigorous standards for endovascular treatment and management of stroke patients.


“The notable certification demonstrates that Vassar Brothers Medical Center provides cutting-edge, quality stroke care to people in the Hudson Valley,” said Susan Browning, president of Vassar Brothers Medical Center and western regional president of Nuvance Health. “I extend my deepest gratitude to everyone involved in stroke care and ensuring the best possible outcomes for our stroke patients.”


An ischemic stroke, or brain attack, happens when a clot blocks oxygen-rich blood from getting to the brain. A mechanical thrombectomy is an advanced procedure that restores blood flow to the brain and reduces the risk of long-term disability or death.


During a mechanical thrombectomy, endovascular neurosurgeons use X-ray guidance to lead a catheter through an artery in the groin or wrist, up the aorta and into the brain to remove the blockage. They use a sophisticated biplane angiography system to perform this life-saving procedure through tiny incisions with great precision.


“Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center Certification is a testament to the admirable collaboration and expertise of our stroke caregivers. Thank you to everyone for your devotion to providing excellent stroke care for our patients,” said Dr. Paul Wright, senior vice president and system chair of the Nuvance Health Neuroscience Institute.Additionally, our specially trained endovascular neurosurgical team uses the latest technology to elevate the stroke care we can provide to people in our communities.


Stroke care involves emergency medical services, emergency medicine, radiology, neurology, neurosurgery, critical and intensive care and neuro-rehabilitation. The stroke care team provides education and resources for patients so they can effectively manage their recovery. They also provide resources for caregivers to support their loved ones after having a stroke.


“We are proud of the stroke team and their commitment to accurate and quick stroke evaluation, treatment and compassionate care for our patients,” said Aimee Derry, vice president of the Nuvance Health Neuroscience Institute. “A stroke is a life-threatening medical emergency that can be a very stressful event for the individual and their loved ones. We are here for our communities to support them with exceptional stroke care.”