Neurologists at The Institute for Neurosciences Save Lives via Telemedicine
Expert neurologists with St. Joseph's/Candler work in collaboration with local area hospitals through the Stroke NET-work program. This innovative partnership allows for immediate access to life-saving tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) treatment. With this advanced treatment administered within the first 3 hours of a stroke, patients are able to survive a devastating stroke and significantly reduce long term disability that is many times experienced with a severe stroke.
St. Joseph’s/Candler Stroke NET-work includes a total of seven rural hospitals as part of this life-saving network. These hospitals are able to have their patients diagnosed by neurologists in the Savannah hub via internet video and uploaded brain scans.
This saves precious time because neurologists provide the expertise to make the decision to administer clot-busting drugs. These rural hospitals do not have access to neurologists on staff 24-hours a day and patients used to face a long transport into Savannah.
The seven hospitals in the SJ/C Stroke NET-work are:
- Effingham Hospital
- Wayne Memorial Hospital in Jesup
- Optim - Tattnal
- Appling HealthCare System in Baxley
- Coffee Regional Medical Center in Douglas
- Evans Memorial Hospital in Claxton
- Candler County Hospital in Metter