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04/06/2012

Partnership brings new technology to Grays Harbor County patients, improves stroke care


Grays Harbor residents that suffer a stroke now have 24/7 access to new technology that provides faster treatment and better results.

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Grays Harbor residents that suffer a stroke now have 24/7 access to new technology that provides faster treatment and better results. Grays Harbor Community Hospital and Mark Reed Hospital have joined the telestroke network, a southwest Washington hospital partnership that allows access to stroke specialists at Providence St. Peter Hospital through advanced video technology. 

With two-way video cameras and remote maneuvering, this technology allows a neurologist from Providence St. Peter Hospital’s certified stroke center to work with local emergency department physicians and patients to quickly and accurately diagnose and provide stroke treatment. In addition to emergency bedside consultation, physicians will be able to confidentially share brain scans and discuss treatment options

"Once a patient has a stroke, every second counts,” said Robert McCauley MD, Medical Director of the emergency department at Grays Harbor Community Hospital. “Being able to connect with a neurologist in real time helps ensure patients will receive a quicker diagnosis and treatment."

“Faster diagnosis and immediate treatment can often reduce or eliminate the debilitating results of a stroke,” said “William T. Hurley, MD, Chief Medical Officer and emergency department physician, Mark Reed Health District. “ It is critical that people know the symptoms of a stroke and go the nearest hospital as quickly as possible.” 

The new telestroke network serves with soon be serving patients at six community hospitals in southwest Washington, including Grays Harbor Community Hospital, Mark Reed Health Care District, Mason General Hospital, Morton General Hospital, Providence Centralia Hospital and Willapa Harbor Hospital.

The Southwest Washington Telestroke Network is funded by grants, totaling more than $440,000, from the United States Department of Agriculture, Providence St. Peter Foundation, Nisqually Indian Tribe, Employees Community Fund of Boeing South Puget Sound and Siemens.

Stroke warning signs
Call 911 if you experience any of the following symptoms: Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body; sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; sudden, severe headache with no known cause.

For more information, visit www.timeisbrain.org