Telestroke Network Now Helping Patients in Mid Coast Region
March 2011 - Mid Coast Hospital has joined the Neuroscience Institute at Maine Medical Center's Telestroke Network. This new development in telemedicine care provides residents in the Mid Coast community around-the-clock access to MMC's 24-hour on-call stroke neurologists and Emergency Department acute stroke consultation.
The additional service made available through the Telestroke Network expands the existing neurological care at Mid Coast Hospital provided by Mid Coast Medical Group Neurology. This means Mid Coast clinicians have access to continual guidance on the appropriate administration of thrombolytics - clot-dissolving medications - and the support needed to safely offer this therapy to eligible patients. By offering time sensitive stroke services, Mid Coast Hospital can improve patient outcomes, decrease stroke-related disability, and reduce health care costs, all while keeping more patients close to home.
"The addition of the Telestroke Network helps us provide timely and seamless acute stroke coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week," says John Taylor, D.O., Board certified neurologist and director of the Mid Coast Hospital Stroke Program.
The Telestroke Network - provided through the Maine Medical Center Stroke Program- a Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center- establishes a video conferencing link between Mid Coast's Emergency Department staff and a MMC neurologist. This technology facilitates a two-way consultation, giving patients the benefit of being evaluated by a MMC neurologist and allowing for rapid review of CT images - all to aid in a quick and accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
Jay Mullen, M.D., Medical Director and Chief of Emergency Medicine at Mid Coast Hospital, is enthusiastic about this new service. "When a patient suffers a potentially life threatening injury or illness, the doctors caring for them need rapid access to the most advanced care possible. With the Telestroke Network, our board certified emergency physicians have access to a stroke expert within 20 minutes. I truly believe that this new capability will change the lives of our patients in a very positive way."
The Neuroscience Institute's Telestroke Network currently works with Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport, MaineGeneral Hospitals in Augusta and Waterville, and Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick.
Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of adult disability. Approximately 795,000 strokes occur each year, and delays in diagnosis contribute to the mortality and disability associated with stroke.
Maine Medical Center (MMC) is a complete health care resource for the people of greater Portland, Maine and the entire state, as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1864, MMC is the state's largest medical center, licensed for 637 beds and employing more than 6,000 people. MMC's unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled depth and breadth of services, including an active educational program and a world-class biomedical research center. As a nonprofit institution, Maine Medical Center provides nearly 23 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is a member of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in southern, central, and western Maine.
Mid Coast Hospital is a full service, 92-bed, independent, not-for-profit hospital governed by a community Board of Directors. The active medical staff includes more than 130 physicians in over 30 primary care and specialty areas. Mid Coast Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, and is recognized as a MagnetTM facility by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for exceptional nursing and patient care. Mid Coast Hospital is located at 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick. For more information, visit www.midcoasthealth.com.
For more information, contact:
Maine Medical Center
(207) 662-4840 (office)
Director, Community Relations and Outreach
Mid Coast Health Services
(207) 373-6051 (office)