HGB works with Sparrow’s Stroke Center through new telestroke program

May is National Stroke Awareness Month and Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce that it is working with Sparrow’s nationally recognized Stroke Center to help diagnose and provide potentially life-saving treatment through mid-Michigan’s first telestroke network.

Telestroke allows HGB Emergency Department physicians and patients to teleconference with Sparrow caregivers. The new, innovative technology uses iPads and remote monitors to treat patients in a timely manner.

"By simply holding an iPad in our hands and talking to physicians at surrounding locations, we’re able to help save lives," said Dr Anmar Razak, Sparrow Stroke Neurologist and incoming Director of the Telestroke Program. "Time is imperative when it comes to stroke treatment, so being able to teleconference in real time can drastically improve a patient’s chances of making a full recovery."

HGB now has the opportunity for direct, immediate video consultation with stroke neurology experts at the Sparrow Stroke Center via iPad.

"By working directly with Sparrow’s stroke team, we are able to administer clot-busting medications during a critical treatment window that can produce better outcomes for more patients," said Dr. Brian Bowditch, HGB’s Chief of Emergency.

The Sparrow Stroke Center is Michigan’s only Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center. It is also ranked among the nation’s fastest for delivery of powerful stroke-stopping treatments.

"The telestroke program is one of the many benefits our association with Sparrow has brought to the community," said Matt Rush, FACHE, HGB President and CEO.

HGB and Sparrow are also hosting a free lunch and learn presentation at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 15 at AL!VE, 800 W. Lawrence Ave., in Charlotte. The program, Stroke: Time is Brain, includes lunch and features Dr. Syed Hussain, medical director of the Stroke Program at Sparrow.