Join Meridian Neuroscience Experts for Stroke Awareness Month Events

May 3, 2016

In honor of Stroke Awareness Month, Meridian Neuroscience is kicking off a series of informative community events, providing expert advice, tips, and the latest information about stroke prevention and treatments. The events will take place at Meridian Health locations throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties.

Meridian Neuroscience is anchored by physicians at the region’s leading academic medical center, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, and leading community hospitals for comprehensive stroke care, including Bayshore Community Hospital, Riverview Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, Southern Ocean Medical Center, Raritan Bay Medical Center Perth Amboy and Raritan Bay Medical Center Old Bridge. The Meridian Neuroscience program diagnoses and treats a range of conditions from stroke to epilepsy, brain tumors to spine injuries and movement and memory disorders.

“Every year, nearly 800,000 people in the United States have a stroke,” says Stephen Martino, M.D., stroke medical director for Meridian Neuroscience. “It is the fifth leading cause of death and the leading cause of long-term disability. Knowing the signs and symptoms, and getting effective treatment delivered within the first three hours, is imperative to limiting the damaging effects of stroke.”

Learn about the signs, symptoms and risk factors of stroke and what to do if you are witness to someone having a stroke at one of our featured Stroke Awareness Month events:

May 6, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Lance Auditorium
Speaker: Kristine Keane, PsyD

May 18, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Bayshore Community Hospital, Conference Rooms A and B
Speaker: Rafiya Khakoo, M.D.

May 18, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Riverview Medical Center, Two River Conference Suite
Speaker: Noah Gilson, M.D.

May 19, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Southern Ocean Medical Center, Rooms 1 and 2
Speaker: Tommasina Papa-Rugino, M.D.

May 24, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Ocean County Library— Brick, 301 Chambers Bridge Road

About Meridian Neuroscience:

At Meridian Health, we have developed programs in neuroscience to diagnose and treat a range of conditions from stroke to epilepsy, brain tumors to spine injuries and movement and memory disorders. Meridian Neuroscience is staffed by dedicated physicians and nurses skilled in diagnosing and treating diseases and injuries which threaten these critical controls and nerve centers of the body. In Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean counties, Meridian Health is home to nationally and state accredited Primary Stroke Centers at Raritan Bay Medical Center – Old Bridge, Raritan Bay Medical Center – Perth Amboy, Riverview Medical Center, Bayshore Community Hospital, Ocean Medical Center; Southern Ocean Medical Center; and a Comprehensive Stroke Center at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Each hospital has specialized stroke teams and access to the Meridian Transfer Center, which connects the most critical patients to the Stroke Rescue Center at Jersey Shore University Medical Center – the only hospital in the region with an interventional stroke rescue team. It also houses a Neuro-Intensive Care Unit (Neuro-ICU), the first in Monmouth and Ocean counties, which is a dedicated post-operative intensive care unit treating patients with life-threatening neurological and neurosurgical illnesses. For more information about Meridian Neuroscience, visit

About Meridian Health

Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization in New Jersey, comprising Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge and Perth Amboy, and Meridian Partner Companies that include home care and hospice services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care, ambulance services, fitness and wellness centers, and outpatient centers that allow the full continuum of health care services to be offered locally. In May 2015, Meridian Health and Hackensack University Health Network signed a definitive agreement to merge. Meridian Health has consistently been rated among the top performing health systems in NJ for clinical quality and nationally is the recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum. Meridian is one of the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” for six consecutive years. Earlier in 2015, Great Place to Work® and Fortune recognized Meridian Health as one of the 20 Best Workplaces in Health Care in the nation and the number one Best Place to Work for Women. Meridian is recognized for patient care and nursing excellence, including being the first health system in the country to achieve Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center at all of its original hospitals. Additionally, Meridian’s mission of training the next generation of health care professionals is vital to providing a foundation for sound health in our community. In 2008, Meridian Health launched a four-year nursing program in partnership with Georgian Court University. Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine has also honored Meridian as one of the nation’s 100 Most Wired Health Systems for 16 consecutive years. Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies. For more information, visit