On May 24, 2016 the Stony Brook University Stroke Team held its annual Stroke CME and Awards night at the Three Village Inn in Stony Brook. The night was meant to award those departments which provided excellent care to Stroke patients by getting them to the hospital quickly enough to administer tPA, a drug with the potential to save a Stroke victim. During this awards dinner, Centereach was recognized for three separate Stroke patients.
All three awards given to the Centereach Fire Department were for patients receiving tPA in less than 45 minutes from activation. One of those patients was received at the hospital in only 21 minutes. This is a new record which was previously held by Stony Brook University Hospital EMS with 23 minutes. Present at the awards dinner was one of the patients who was transported by Centereach Fire Department while having a Stroke. The patient attended with his wife and thanks to the prompt care of the department has no deficits from his Stroke.
“We always like to think we make a difference in the lives of our patients, however seeing it right before your eyes tonight as this gentleman came over to thank us is the best feeling. We really can make a difference” said Commissioner Joseph Losquadro, a Paramedic who transported one of the recipients of tPA. The Centereach Fire Department will continue to provide excellent care to all of the patients they encounter. Commissioner Losquadro added “We are truly thankful for this award, but more than that we are thankful the patients received the care they needed”.