Granville hospital joins partnership for stroke patients

Dec. 25, 2012 @ 06:54 PM

Granville Health System in Oxford recently announced the launch of an innovative TeleStroke program, allowing GHS to be stroke capable.

According to the N.C. Stroke Care Collaborate, as a stroke capable hospital, GHS now follows national guidelines and recommendations for treatment of acute stroke patients.

The introduction of TeleStroke is an extension of the long-standing relationship between GHS and WakeMed. The systems worked together to establish the program.

“A stroke is a serious medical emergency that needs immediate treatment,” said CEO Lee Isley in a prepared statement. “The faster a patient receives proper treatment, the better the chances for a positive outcome.

“Telestroke provides on-demand access to stroke experts within minutes of entering our emergency department. Granville Health System welcomes WakeMed and Wake Forest Baptist stroke neurologists as part of our stroke care team.”

As an acute stroke capable hospital, GHS now accepts all stroke patients regardless of bed availability, willingness to administer tissue Plasminogen Activator (tPA), a protein involved in the breakdown of blood clots.

According to Jason Brand, administrative director of emergency medicine at GHS, technology is deployed at GHS, a stroke care “spoke” hospital. It is now capable of teleconsultatsion with Wake Forest Baptist, a stroke care hub and regional Primary Stroke Center, providing the acute emergency stroke patient a remote neurologist consultation.

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