Jupiter Medical Center Foundation announced today a $5 million gift from an anonymous donor that will help the hospital become a designated Comprehensive Stroke Center. This gift will enable Jupiter Medical Center to provide world-class stroke care close to home when seconds count. Jupiter Medical Center also has recruited Jennifer Buczyner, MD, a board-certified neurologist, as the medical director to lead the stroke program.
“This gift, along with the arrival of Dr. Jennifer Buczyner as the medical director of the stroke program, not only allows us to see more complex neurological cases, but puts Jupiter Medical Center on a trajectory to becoming a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the end of 2018,” said Liv Vesely, president of Jupiter Medical Center Foundation. “Time is vital to the brain and it is imperative to seek emergency neurological care early,” said Dr. Buczyner at a recent women’s health advisory panel discussion hosted by Jupiter Medical Center and attended by more than 150 women.
While Jupiter Medical Center has been a Primary Stroke Center since 2008, this much-needed move to become a designated Comprehensive Stroke Center comes on the heels of a recent protocol change by Palm Beach County Fire Rescue to transport stroke patients only to facilities that have this designation. The closest Comprehensive Stroke Center to the south is in West Palm Beach, and Fort Pierce to the north.
Jupiter Medical Center’s Comprehensive Stroke Program will include neurosurgery and endovascular interventions such as angioplasty, coiling, clipping, and stenting. It will also have a dedicated neuro-intensive care unit where patients will receive care by staff that is trained in advanced critical care, as well as neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, neuro assessment, and emergency neuro resuscitation. Additionally, the best technology is being acquired, including a neurointerventional biplane angiography system – an imaging modality for visualization of the complex vasculature. The clinical benefits of the biplane system include improved visualization for aneurysm coiling and interventional stroke care, and reduced radiation exposure and shorter procedure times.
About Dr. Jennifer Buczyner
Jennifer Buczyner, MD is a board-certified neurologist with subspecialty training in neurophysiology and neuromuscular disorders. She completed her neurophysiology fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, where she also treated patients while on the faculty at Emory University’s Department of Neurology. Dr. Buczyner has a general neurology practice with a special interest migraine headache, neuropathy, nerve and muscle disorders such as ALS and myasthenia gravis, seizures, strokes, tremor, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, and multiple sclerosis.
Dr. Buczyner currently serves as the stroke medical director at Jupiter Medical Center and is also on the staff at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.
She has built an innovative neurology practice in Palm Beach Gardens that delivers compassionate care while offering her patients the most advanced treatments available today.