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The Gilbert & Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine and LAU Medical Center–Rizk Hospital Establish the First Comprehensive Stroke Center in the Country

March 19, 2018
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The Gilbert & Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine and LAU Medical Center–Rizk Hospital Establish the First Comprehensive Stroke Center in the Country

Under the patronage of his excellency the minister of public health Ghassan Hasbani, LAU Medical Center – Rizk Hospital inaugurates the first comprehensive stroke center in the country, during a press conference organized at the medical center. Present at the conference was Mr. Elie Zeytouni representing Minister Hasbani, General Joseph Aoun Lebanese Armed Forces Commander, Dr. Antoine Zoghbi President of the Lebanese Red Cross, Dr. Joseph Jabbra President of LAU and Dr. Michel Mawad Dean of the Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine at LAU, Mr. Sami Rizk CEO of LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital, media members and social influencers.

The conference started with a live transmission of a drill conducted by a Lebanese army helicopter, transporting a patient with a stroke to the LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital, to emphasize the importance of a quick treatment in securing the best results for patients suffering from a stroke.

Following the drill, Dr. Joseph Jabbra, President of LAU gave a speech, and explained the idea behind founding another specialized treatment center: “We at LAU aim to provide integrated medical solutions within our medical center facilities, by establishing this facility that combines cutting-edge equipment and high-level expertise from different departments working together to save patients’ lives.”

In his turn, Mr. Sami Rizk, CEO of LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital stated: “This hospital has been a pioneer in offering the Lebanese many first medical achievements over almost 100 years of existence. Among these firsts was the first Kidney Transplant from a living donor in Lebanon, the opening of the first non-profit blood bank, and later became the first national blood transfusion center, one of the first heart transplants in the country. And today, we are proud to open the first Comprehensive Stroke Center in Lebanon. As a leading Academic Medical Center in the region, it is very important that we work together as a multidisciplinary team to offer comprehensive and up-to-date treatment solutions to complicated medical conditions such as stroke”

“Stroke is one of the most serious and widespread medical emergencies in the world. In Lebanon, Stroke is thought to be the second-leading cause of death and one of the leading causes of disabilities. We are today opening a Comprehensive Stroke Center for the diagnosis and treatment of cerebrovascular disease and stroke. With the cutting-edge technology it offers and its multidisciplinary stroke team, LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital has become the point of reference for stroke-related diseases in Lebanon.” Commented Dr. Michel Mawad, Dean of the Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine at the LAU.

In the end, Mr. Dan Raffi, the Senior Director Neurovascular EMEA of Medtronic, said: “we are proud of the collaboration between Medtronic and the Gilbert & Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine aiming to provide the best care through our medical technologies, services, and solutions.”

Following the conference, General Aoun and LAU Medical Center – Rizk Hospital representatives cut the ribbon of the new facility and announced the official opening of the Comprehensive Stroke Center.

This center prides itself by fast response time in treating stroke, a multidisciplinary team of specialists, cutting-edge technology and latest international treatment guidelines to secure the best outcome for stroke victims.

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