TriHealth Neuroscience Institute

Important Information About the Signs of a Stroke During COVID-19

Learn more about our stroke-ready capabilities.

Many are worried about the COVID-19 coronavirus, but strokes don’t stop during a pandemic. In the event of a stroke, getting care is critical, so don’t ignore the signs. Follow the BEFAST method:

  • Balance - Watch for a sudden loss of balance.
  • Eyes - Is there a sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes? Or double vision?
  • Face - Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • Arms - Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • Speech - Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?
  • Time - If you observe any of these signs, it's time to call 911.

If you think you or someone around you may be having a stroke, call 911.

Hospitals have safety measures in place to protect you. Also remember:

  • CALL YOUR DOCTOR if you have questions or think you need a health visit. Find a TriHealth Physician.
  • DON’T DELAY routine care. You may be able to get advice over the telephone or use telehealth for a virtual visit.

Specialized, Highly Trained Experts

The TriHealth Neuroscience Institute brings together specialized, highly trained experts from TriHealth and Mayfield Brain & Spine, trusted leaders in state-of the-art brain and spine care. These specialists deliver comprehensive inpatient and outpatient programs in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and disorders of the brain and spine. Specialty areas include:

  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurocritical care
  • Neurology
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Medical oncology
  • Otolaryngology (Ear, nose & throat)
  • Radiation oncology

Our clinical expertise is supported by advanced technology, equipment and facilities, enabling us to deliver safe, compassionate and advanced care for a wide range of neurological disorders.

Complete spectrum of stroke care

During a “brain attack,” time matters. So does expertise. Good Samaritan Hospital has earned the Comprehensive Stroke Center designation from The Joint Commission, an honor bestowed on only 3.5% of hospitals in the U.S. for stroke care. Achieving this ambitious certification is just one part of our continued commitment to providing care that leads to better outcomes. This approach is at the heart of our mission—doing what’s best for you and your family.

Our stroke team has a long history of experience and innovation and is the region’s only team that covers the complete spectrum of stroke risk assessment, preventive care and emergency stroke care. The Institute has the specialized imaging and clot-retrieval devices for treating patients who have suffered large-vessel strokes and are eligible for thrombectomy. At Good Samaritan Hospital, 30 percent of our stroke patients do not require an additional stay at an inpatient rehabilitation facility. Instead, when they leave the hospital, 30 percent of our patients go directly home.

The stroke team includes surgeons who are dually trained in open and endovascular (in-the-artery) neurosurgery for the treatment and prevention of stroke, brain aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations and other neurovascular disorders. The surgeons coordinate with radiation oncologists to provide the very best treatment plan and medical guidance for patients and their families.

Learn more about our stroke-ready capabilities.

From Routine to Complex Spine Care

The TriHealth Neuroscience Institute offers the full spectrum of spine care, from non-surgical injections and pain blocks, to minimally invasive outpatient surgery, to complex fusions and spinal reconstruction for scoliosis and other spinal deformities. Image-guidance and robotic technologies enhance surgical precision during spine surgery. Our elite surgical teams often work in pairs during staged operations that take place over 2 to 3 days.

The Signs of a Stroke: Do You Know Them?

When you or a loved one is suffering a stroke or a heart attack, every second matters so it's important to know the signs and the differences. Our quiz can help you determine your readiness and prepare you to recognize the signs.


Leading the Way in Brain Tumor Treatment

The TriHealth/Mayfield Brain & Spine partnership in treating brain tumors provides our patients with the largest team of physicians, bringing the most clinical experience, of any neuroscience professionals in Southwest Ohio. More patients come to us, than any other health system, to receive care from our highly-trained experts.

TriHealth’s team-based approach includes regularly scheduled Tumor Board meetings where our brain tumor specialists along with our partners at Mayfield Brain & Spine, review challenging cases and recommend treatment plans. The Tumor Board includes the region’s only fellowship-trained neuro-oncologist along with neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists and pathologists. The team reviews brain tumor scans and patient histories, discusses possible treatment plans, and arrives at a consensus opinion, which is then discussed with the patient and his or her family.

The brain tumor team treats all types of tumors, including glioma/glioblastoma, metastatic tumors, skull base tumors, meningioma, pituitary tumors, acoustic neuroma, lymphoma and spinal tumors. Advanced technologies available include intraoperative Airo® CT, stereotactic neuro-navigation, stereotactic radiosurgery, microscopic and endoscopic surgery, and systemic and intrathecal chemotherapy.

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