The Audrey and Martin Gruss Heart & Stroke Center

(631) 726-8200

The Audrey and Martin Gruss Heart & Stroke Center consolidates a broad spectrum of sophisticated diagnostic and treatment capabilities with existing cardiovascular programs and services. An advanced endovascular surgical suite features the latest imaging technology in a sterile operating room environment. Orthopedic, bariatric and general surgeries are performed. Procedures include cardiac catheterizations and interventions, such as pacemaker, loop recorder, and defibrillator implantation. These procedures and repairs can now be done through minimally invasive techniques.

A second operating room, includes a Siemens Healthcare Artis zeego, an angiography system with unprecedented flexibility.  The industrial robot technology integrated in Artis zeego allows the C-arm to move to almost any position around the patient, making it easier than ever before to visualize internal organs from various sides.

Patients requiring more advanced treatments are treated at Stony Brook University Hospital,  the first hospital in Suffolk County to achieve Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC) certification by The Joint Commission, the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. This is the highest level a stroke center can achieve, and involves a rigorous screening process. The advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center designation indicates the ability to receive and treat the most complex stroke cases. As a certified comprehensive stroke center, Stony Brook provides nationally recognized best practices and a level of care few hospitals anywhere can match. Nationally approximately only 200 hospitals out of 5,800 have earned this certification.

The five warning signs of stroke are:

  1. Sudden onset of weakness or numbness on one side of the body.
  2. Sudden speech difficulty or confusion.
  3. Sudden difficulty seeing in one or both eyes.
  4. Sudden onset of dizziness, trouble walking or loss of balance.
  5. Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.

 What To Do When Someone Is Having a Stroke

  1. Call 911 immediately
  2. Note the time you first see symptoms
  3. Perform CPR, if necessary

What Not To Do When Someone Is Having a Stroke

  1. Do Not Let that person go to sleep or talk you out of calling 911
  2. Do Not Give them medication, food, or drinks
  3. Do Not Drive yourself or someone else to the emergency room, call 911

Stroke Support Groups

Receive encouragement, feedback and inspiration. Gain knowledge.

Learn about helpful programs and resources.

Open to all stroke survivors, family members and caregivers.

Currently meets virtually until in-person meetings are allowed to resume:

Stroke Caregiver Support Group  - Meets the second Tuesday of every month,​ 7pm-8pm

Stroke Survivor Support Group - Meets the last Tuesday of every Month, 7pm-8pm

Call Marret Anderson, (631) 638-2638, for information on how to join our virtual meetings.


Stony Brook Southampton Hospital Awarded Primary Stroke Certification from The Joint Commission

Stony Brook Southampton Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Primary Certification. To achieve the Primary Stroke designation the hospital underwent a rigorous onsite review. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers conducted observations and interviews, as well as evaluated compliance with certification standards designed for hospitals providing the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients. Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients.


Las cinco señales de advertencia de un accidente cerebrovascular son:

1. Comienzo repentino de debilidad o entumecimiento en un lado del cuerpo.

2. Dificultad o confusión repentina para hablar.

3. Dificultad repentina para ver con uno o ambos ojos.

4. Comienzo repentino de mareos, dificultad para caminar o pérdida del equilibrio.

5. Dolor de cabeza severo y repentino sin causa conocida.

Qué hacer cuando alguien está sufriendo un derrame cerebral

1. Llame al 911 de inmediato

2. Anote la hora en que ve los síntomas por primera vez

3. Realice RCP, si es necesario

Qué no hacer cuando alguien está sufriendo un derrame cerebral

1. No permita que esa persona se duerma ni le disuada de llamar al 911

2. No les dé medicamentos, alimentos ni bebidas.

3. No conduzca usted ni nadie más a la sala de emergencias, llame al 911


Grupos de apoyo para accidentes cerebrovasculares

Reciba aliento, retroalimentación e inspiración.  Adquiera conocimiento.

Aprenda sobre programas y recursos útiles.

Abierto a todos los sobrevivientes de accidentes cerebrovasculares, familiares y cuidadores.

Actualmente nos estamos reuniendo virtualmente hasta que se nos permita reanudar las reuniones en persona:

Grupo de apoyo para cuidadores de accidentes cerebrovasculares: se reúne el segundo martes de cada mes, de 7 p.m. a 8 p.m.

Grupo de apoyo para sobrevivientes de accidente cerebrovascular: se reúne el último martes de cada mes, de 7 p.m. a 8 p.m.

Llame a Marret Anderson, (631) 638-2638, para obtener información sobre cómo unirse a nuestras reuniones virtuales.