Someone suffers a stroke every 10 minutes in Canada, which is one reason why the specialized stroke services at Hamilton General Hospital are so vital to the 2.3 million people who live in south-central Ontario.
The ongoing impact of the 2015 transformational gift from the Marta and Owen Boris Foundation continues to benefit stroke patients at The General, which is home to the largest integrated stroke program in the province. Their vital support is helping to improve the quality of stroke care across the region.
The gift enabled the purchase of a state-of-the-art biplane angiography machine in 2016, which is critical to the effective diagnosis and treatment of patients suffering from strokes, aneurysms and blood-vessel malformations.
The machine uses two rotating cameras to produce a high-definition 3-D image of the area under examination. This allows for greater surgical precision when conducting procedures like clot retrievals, which can minimize or eliminate “deficits” from stroke. The technology is also safer because it delivers a much lower dosage of radiation than other imaging devices.
Nearly 1,000 patients have directly benefitted from the biplane machine, which is the only one in the region.
The team at The General continues to perform more clot retrievals than any other team in the province. As patient volumes continue to rise, the biplane machine is more important than ever for specialized, life-saving stroke care in the Golden Horseshoe.
Research and training
Patients benefit from the multifaceted gift in other ways as well. Dr. Ashkan Shoamanesh was recruited as the inaugural chairholder for the Marta and Owen Boris Chair in Stroke Research and Care, and the gift has supported his research into the causes and treatment of stroke.
The gift also enabled the expansion of the Stroke Fellowship Training Program at The General. Four new stroke experts and one new interventional stroke neurologist have already been trained through the expanded program, which plays a vital role in preparing the next generation of clinicians for excellence in stroke care.
Thanks to the generous support of donors and organizations like the Marta and Owen Boris Foundation, The General can continue its leading role in stroke care for the region and provide better outcomes for patients into the future.