St. Joseph Mercy Oakland participates in global clinical trial to test new stroke treatment

St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) is one of 60 centers worldwide to participate in a clinical trial called SWIFT PRIME to test a new stroke treatment for patients who have an acute ischemic stroke, one caused by a sudden loss of blood to the brain due to a clot. Stroke is the fourth most common cause of death in the U.S.
Launched by Covidien, a healthcare products provider, the study is aimed at determining if patients treated with an interventional device, the Solitaire FR™, combined with a clot-busting medication, IV t-PA, within six hours of symptom onset will have lesser stroke-related disability than those who were treated with the medication alone.  In recent studies, use of the Solitaire has been shown to be a safer and more effective means of treating stroke than other previous methods.
“We are honored to be chosen as a trial site for this important study,” said SJMO President and CEO Jack Weiner.  “We are always on the lookout for new methodologies and technologies that will allow us to provide our patients with the highest levels of safety and quality care.”
SJMO principal investigator for the study is Andrew Xavier, MD, Interventional Neurologist and Medical Director of Neuroendovascular Services. Aniel Majjhoo, MD, Vascular and Interventional Neurologist; and Ambooj Tiwari, MD, MPH, Senior Fellow, Vascular and Interventional Neurology, join Dr. Xavier as Interventional Neurology investigators. 
Between 500 and 800 patients will be studied during the 52-month trial.  Patients will be evaluated within a day of treatment, with follow up in about 90 days. 

Adults 18-85 who display clinical signs consistent with acute ischemic stroke are eligible for the clinical trial.  These include: 

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg—especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

SJMO became Michigan’s first Certified Primary Stroke Center in 2004.  In 2006, SJMO launched the Michigan Stroke Network, a collaboration of more than 30 Michigan hospitals committed to bringing the latest in stroke care to communities around the state.  With telemedicine and real-time audio-visual technology, emergency room physicians at participating hospitals have access 24/7 to stroke specialists at SJMO.
To learn more about the Michigan Stroke Network, visit or call 866-522-8MSN (8676).
About St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland is a 443-bed comprehensive, community, teaching hospital and a long-time leader in health care in Oakland County.  Founded in 1927 by the Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland has won numerous local and national awards for patient safety, quality and performance, and consistently ranks in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide.  A member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland is a technologically leading hospital that combines advanced medicine and personal care to assist patients on their path to wellness. With dedicated physicians, nurses and hospital staff committed to providing quality care throughout the patient stay, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland has truly personalized the patient care experience.
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About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a health care organization serving six counties in southeast Michigan, including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron and 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital. Combined, the six hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have six outpatient health centers, six urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 3,200 physicians.  
SJMHS is a member of CHE Trinity Health (, one of the largest Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation.  It serves people and communities in 21 states from coast to coast with 84 hospitals, 95 continuing care facilities and home health and hospice programs that provide nearly 2.4 million visits annually.  The organization was formed by the May 2013 consolidation of Trinity Health and Catholic Healthcare East.
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