|Henry and Arline Gluck
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Residents of West Los Angeles and beyond will soon reap the benefits of Arline and Henry Gluck’s philanthropy. In an effort to minimize the long-term effects of stroke, the Glucks have established the UCLA Arline and Henry Gluck Stroke Rescue Program in the Department of Neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. In addition to advancing stroke research, the gift will enable UCLA Health to purchase, equip and staff the first of a fleet of special ambulances with a portable computed tomography (CT) scanner and a clot-busting drug.
“I believe that the success of this state-of-the-art approach and this high level of care for stroke victims in Los Angeles will eventually be expanded to other Western states,” says Dr. John C. Mazziotta (RES ’81, FEL ’83), vice chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences and CEO of UCLA Health.
Acute stroke has a brief window for intervention. Rapid treatment is critical to restore blood flow to the brain; however, a CT brain scan often is necessary to determine the type of stroke. The UCLA Arline and Henry Gluck Stroke Rescue mobile CT unit brings brain imaging to the first point of contact, enabling the start of treatment that will restore blood flow to the brain prior to hospital arrival, lowering the risk of irreversible brain injury.
“It is an honor to partner with UCLA Health in this innovative program that — through the expertise of the UCLA Stroke Center — will become a national role model for stroke care,” says Henry Gluck, who serves as chairman of the board of the UCLA Health System.
For more information, contact Karen Colimore at: (310) 267-0496