Delaware Valley Stroke Council Honors the Late B. Franklin Diamond, MD
The Delaware Valley Stroke Council (DVSC) honored the late B. Franklin Diamond, MD, founder of the Stroke Center at Abington Memorial Hospital, at its 16th annual Stars for Stroke Gala on Saturday, November 12.
Dr. Diamond was well-known as a pioneer in neurological and stroke care, and was a dedicated patient advocate and a champion for stroke care at AMH and in the Delaware Valley. As chief of the Division of Neurology at Abington Memorial Hospital (1993-2007), he established our Stroke Center in 1995, and had directed it since the opening. The Stroke Center was the first in the state and one of the earliest in the country to receive a Gold Seal of Approval and Disease-specific Care Certification from the Joint Commission. Beginning in 2008, he expanded the Stroke Center and developed the neuro-interventional program, neuro critical care unit, and stroke telemedicine program.
At the hospital, Dr. Diamond developed the hospital’s stroke research program, initiating and serving as principal investigator for many clinical stroke research trials. He helped to promote the development of new rehabilitation therapies, and worked toward introducing intra-arterial rt-PA thrombolysis to bring the hospital to the level of a comprehensive stroke center. In 2006, the DVSC named Dr. Diamond a Top Doctor in stroke care.
Founded in 1995, the DVSC works to provide advocacy for stroke survivors and raise awareness of stroke symptoms. “Ninety-five percent of people don’t know one symptom of a stroke, yet it is the third largest cause of death for Americans,” said Mazer, who was inspired to found the DVSC after her husband suffered a stroke and later passed away from related complications.