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Allegheny General Hospital Names Unit for Pioneering Neurologist

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

The inpatient stroke unit at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) will be renamed to honor Jon Brillman, MD, Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Neurology and a driving force behind the establishment of the Hospital’s Comprehensive Stroke Center.

The newly-named Jon Brillman Stroke Care Unit will be unveiled on June 15 as part of AGH’s celebration of Neurology Research Day.

Allegheny General opened the region’s first dedicated inpatient stroke unit under Dr. Brillman’s leadership in 2007. The eight-bed unit centralizes and coordinates the care of stroke patients by the hospital’s multidisciplinary stroke team. Though still the only facility of its kind in the region, such inpatient programs have been associated with better patient outcomes and are now a Class I Recommendation for comprehensive stroke centers by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.

“For more than three decades, Dr. Brillman has forged a tradition of excellence in stroke care at Allegheny General, ushering in state-of-the art treatment protocols and facilities and participating in ground-breaking research that has lead to better patient care,” said Ashis Tayal, MD, Director of AGH’s Comprehensive Stroke Center.   

Dr. Brillman served as Chairman of the Department of Neurology from 1987 to 2011 and was instrumental in the establishment of Comprehensive Stoke Center at AGH in 1988. Today, more than 1,000 stroke patients are admitted to AGH annually.

Since its inception, Allegheny General’s stroke program has garnered many prestigious honors. Earlier this year, the Stroke Center received the 2012 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes AGH’s commitment and success in delivering excellent evidence-based care for stroke patients.

This is Allegheny’s fourth consecutive Stroke Gold honor from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, and the second time AGH received the Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award.
In 2009, AGH ranked among the top 10 percent of U.S. medical centers for the treatment of stroke, according to a comprehensive study released by HealthGrades, a leading independent healthcare ratings organization. As a result, Allegheny General received the 2010 HealthGrades Stroke Care Excellence Award™ and a 5-Star stroke treatment rating for the third consecutive year.

The hospital has been designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission since 2006 and was recently named a Stroke Center of Excellence in a national survey conducted by Chicago-based healthcare think tank, NeuStrategy.

“We are extremely proud of Dr. Brillman’s ongoing commitment to making AGH one of the top hospitals in the country for stroke care and are pleased name our unique inpatient facility in his honor,” said James Valeriano, MD, Chairman of the Department of Neurology.

In addition to seeing patients in the Department of Neurology, Dr. Brillman currently serves as a Professor of Neurology for the Drexel University College of Medicine and is actively involved in teaching neurology residents.




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