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Stroke Center

Stroke Center


Experienced, Trusted Expertise

In the case of a stroke, prompt and effective treatment is vital for minimizing brain damage and improving chances of a successful recovery. Good Samaritan Hospital’s multi-disciplinary Stroke Center offers comprehensive care from prevention to rehabilitation with accredited treatment options and therapies centered on patient needs.

Good Samaritan Hospital’s Stroke Center was formed in the late 1990s as a response to the healthcare industry’s new focus on disease-specific management. From its inception, the program has been on the forefront of accountability, accreditation and quality care. It has been a New York State Designated Stroke Center since 2003 and a Joint Commission Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center since 2004.

Good Samaritan is the only hospital in Rockland and Orange counties to have the Joint Commission Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification. The Joint Commission’s gold seal is awarded to institutions that provide the most advanced stroke care to patients with exceptional, around-the-clock treatment. In order to receive this distinction, our Stroke Center underwent a rigorous onsite review during which Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement. It was determined that our Stroke Center thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients and should be recognized as a leader in stroke treatment.

Since 2010, Good Samaritan Hospital has also been participating in the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines program. In 2017, the Stroke Center received the Silver Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success, ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines founded on the latest scientific evidence. The Silver Quality Achievement is given to hospitals that maintain a compliance with the performance measures of 85 percent or higher every month for a year.

Treatment Approach

Team Care

 The team approach brings together a range of physicians and specialists to provide optimal stroke therapy. The Good Samaritan Stroke Center includes neurologists, neurosurgeons, critical care specialists across related departments, registered nurses with expertise in neurological care, nurse case managers and social workers. This multi-disciplinary team works closely to provide the best possible care for the patient and his or her family.

Advanced Treatment

The Stroke Center uses the latest technologies to diagnose and treat strokes accurately and effectively, including:

  • Rapid imaging, diagnosis and treatment of patients suffering from acute ischemic stroke
  • Administration of clot-busting medication known as TPA to reduce the long-term effects of stroke
  • Identification of patients who will benefit from endovascular procedures which remove clots to restore blood flow to the brain.

Early Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation is integrated as early as possible, using state-of-the-art treatments not widely available at other centers in the Hudson Valley.


It is important to note that not all of these warning signs happen in every case, but if you experience any of these symptoms, you must seek medical attention immediately. A stroke is a medical emergency – CALL 911.

Stroke Symptoms - Act FAST

FAST is an easy way to remember and identify the most common symptoms of a stroke. Recognition of stroke and calling 911 will determine how quickly someone will receive help and treatment. Getting to a hospital rapidly will more likely lead to a better recovery.

F  FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

A  ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S  SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?

T  TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.


Core Stroke Team 

Stroke Medical Director, Neurologist, Lyle Dennis, MD 
Neurologist, Mill Etienne, MD 
Neurologist, Sweta Goel, MD 
Neurologist, David Ober, MD 
Neurologist, Steven Smith, MD 
Neurology Nurse Practitioner, Laura Garcia, NP 
Neurology Nurse Practitioner, Ermira Alliu, NP 
Emergency Department Medical Director, Adrienne Wasserman, MD 
Stroke Coordinator, Eileen Gornell, RN

Stroke Committee Members

Stroke Medical Director, Neurologist, Lyle Dennis, MD
Emergency Department Medical Director, Adrienne Wasserman, MD
Director Cardiovascular Services, Margaret Sterbenz, RN
Director of Patient Care Services, Marie Van de Veire, RN
Director of Critical Care, Jonathan Green, RN
Nurse Manager, Emergency Department, Jamie Uyami, RN
Nurse Manager, Critical Care Unit, Rowena Estrera, RN
Stroke Coordinator, Eileen Gornell, RN
Stroke Nurse, Catherine Caston, RN
Director Hospitalist Program, Bijo Chacko, MD
Clinical Pharmacists, Anil Jacob, PharmD, RPh, Princy Pathickal, PharmD, RPh & Carolyn Maness PharmD, RPh
Core Lab Manager, Michael Lanzano
Lab Supervisor, Jean Laurent
Nurse Educator, Diane Millett, RN
Clinical Dietician, Kim Matthews, RN
Director of Rehabilitation, Howard Wilen, PT, MPT
Speech Language Pathologist, Michele Orestuk-Rodriguez, MS, CCC-SLP
System Director Community Outreach, Barbara Demundo, RN
EMS Coordinator, Ernie Stonick