Summer 2013 - Granville Health Stroke Program
WakeMed, Granville Health System and Wake Forest Baptist Health Offer Enhanced Care for Stroke Patients
Stroke patients treated at Oxford, NC's Granville Health System (GHS) can now expect a higher level of care and ready access to services they need through the innovative Telestroke program.
The Telestroke program, a form of telemedicine, provides GHS patients with enhanced in-house stroke care and 24-hour access to WakeMed as well as Wake Forest Baptist Health neurologists. Each partner brings their own expertise to the table.
GHS provides advanced emergency medical care, WakeMed utilizes innovative Telestroke equipment and administers life-saving treatment for patients when it is needed, and Wake Forest Baptist offers neurology consulting services.
GHS's commitment to providing stroke patients in the Oxford area with advanced care is clear. "A stroke is a serious medical emergency that needs immediate treatment," said L. Lee Isley, PhD, FACHE, CEO of Granville Health System. "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."
"We are committed to enhancing health care in the community, and we want to keep Granville County patients close to home whenever possible," commented Betsy Gaskins-McClaine, vice president, WakeMed Heart & Vascular Services.
"The Telestroke system allows GHS doctors, patients and families to interact with top neurologists and reduce treatment time. Stroke patients can remain at GHS if tertiary care is not needed, but it's comforting for patients, family and staff to know specialized care, led by Dr. Keith Hull, medical director of the WakeMed Primary Stroke Program, is available nearby at WakeMed, especially when time is of the essence."