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WVU Medicine Harrison Community Hospital launches telestroke program

Contributed PROGRAM LAUNCHES — A telestroke program has been established at WVU Medicine Harrison Community Hospital.

CADIZ — WVU Medicine Harrison Community Hospital has launched a telestroke program with the WVU Stroke Center providing telestroke services to patients at the hospital.

The Stroke Center is a part of the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute.

“WVU Medicine’s telestroke program uses technology that allows rural hospitals the ability to connect virtually with some of the top neurologists in the country,” said David Phillips, president and CEO of Harrison Community Hospital. “This program gives patients the opportunity to minimize the long-term effects of a stroke when minutes matter without ever leaving their community.”

Through telestroke, WVU neurologists can securely view and interact with the patient in the Harrison Community Hospital emergency room and view diagnostic data through an encrypted Internet connection. The stroke center team and the Harrison Community Hospital staff will communicate using video conferencing devices to develop a care plan for the stroke patient, share tests like computed tomography scans and administer a clot-busting drug called tissue plasminogen activator intravenously.

“With this collaboration, it will give us immediate access to neurologists during a crucial narrow time frame,” explained Susan Redish, director of nursing. “It is important for our community to know when it comes to acute stroke, time is critical.”

The WVU Stroke Center at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital is the first and only hospital in West Virginia to receive the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for advanced certification for comprehensive stroke centers.

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