Southampton Hospital on Long Island has announced a gift of $5 million from the Audrey and Martin Gruss Foundation to create a new facility that will provide treatment for stroke and carotid stents as needed, along with a broad array of cardiovascular diagnostic and treatment capabilities.
The Audrey and Martin Gruss Heart and Stroke Center will include an advanced endovascular surgical suite for interventional treatment of stroke and vascular disease, a "hybrid" operating room equipped with the latest imaging technology, a non-invasive cardiovascular suite for diagnosis of coronary and vascular illnesses, an advanced monitoring center to provide connections to tertiary and open-heart centers, and a simulation center to provide ongoing skills training for healthcare professionals. Cardiovascular disease, of which heart disease and stroke are the most common, is the leading cause of death nationwide, in New York State, and on Long Island, as well as a particular concern for the geographically remote communities served by Southampton Hospital.
"It is well known that the over-50 age group has the highest probability of experiencing a stroke or heart attack," said Audrey Gruss, president of the Audrey and Martin Gruss Foundation. "With many of us spending months or weekends year-round in Southampton and the East End, Martin and I felt it was important that our local hospital have the capability to conduct stroke and vascular distress intervention."