March 15, 2023- St. Mary’s Medical Center is the first hospital on the East Coast and the second in the country to use the innovative pRESET® (phenox Inc.) thrombectomy device to treat a stroke patient since its FDA approval.

The pRESET Thrombectomy Device is a minimally invasive device known as a “stentriever” which is a tubular mesh snare that is inserted through the femoral artery in the leg or radial artery in the wrist and navigated to the blood clot in the artery in the brain that is causing the acute stroke. The faster the clot can be removed, the greater the likelihood that the patient will have a better outcome.

Dr. Ali Malek was the neurointerventionalist at St. Mary’s Medical Center who performed the procedure on the stroke patient using the pRESET thrombectomy device. He was pleased with the results and was hopeful that the addition of this technology to the stroke treatment armamentarium will help improve outcomes in even more stroke patients.

“In the battle against stroke every new tool we gain access to gives us the chance to improve the quality of life of more patients,” Dr. Malek said.

St. Mary’s Medical Center is proud to offer the latest technologies to treat stroke patients and is committed to providing the best possible care to the community of West Palm Beach. The use of the pRESET thrombectomy device is just another example of the hospital’s dedication to staying at the cutting edge of stroke treatment.

St. Mary’s is both a Joint Commission and DNV Healthcare Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, each of which is the highest designation for a Stroke Center.

Learn more about the Comprehensive Stroke Center at St. Mary’s Medical Center here:

About St. Mary’s Medical Center
St. Mary’s Medical Center (SMMC), part of the Palm Beach Health Network, is a 420-bed acute care hospital in West Palm Beach. The hospital has been serving Palm Beach County and the Treasure for more than 80 years.  SMMC is a Level 1 Trauma Center, a state-designated Pediatric Trauma Referral Center, certified Comprehensive Stoke Center, and has a level III NICU.

Pediatric services are provided at the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital at St. Mary’s Medical Center, which is the only dedicated children’s hospital between Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando. Along with 24/7 dedicated pediatric emergency and trauma care, Palm Beach Children’s Hospital’s medical staff consists of 196 pediatricians in 36 subspecialties.

To learn more about St. Mary’s Medical Center and Palm Beach Children’s Hospital, visit, or call 561-844-6300.