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Robots, Remote Specialists Provide Advance Stroke Care for Community
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Advance technology introduced at St. Joseph Mercy Saline Hospital

SALINE, Mich. - Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and disables more adults than any other condition. An estimated 200,000 people in the state of Michigan alone currently live with the effects of a stroke. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain becomes blocked or bursts and the result can be as serious as brain damage or death. Prompt treatment is essential to protect brain cells.

Patients in the Saline area can now rest assured that advanced stroke care is nearby. St. Joseph Mercy Saline Hospital is able to provide more advance stroke care to patients in need through its affiliation with the Michigan Stroke Network, located at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital in Pontiac.

The Michigan Stroke Network (MSN), founded by Trinity Health, is a collaborative network of hospitals working together to deliver the most comprehensive stroke care in Michigan. By using telemedicine, the latest in communication technology, physicians at St. Joseph Mercy Saline Hospital and other participating hospitals will have access to some of the finest stroke specialists in the nation. This way, stroke patients can get quality medical care when they need it.

“As part of the Michigan Stroke Network we are able to keep patients close to home and still have access to innovative and highly specialized stroke care,” explains Linda Spitler, a nurse and stroke collaborative practice team member at St. Joe’s Saline. “Access to this type of care is normally unavailable to smaller urban communities.”

A key feature of the Michigan Stroke Network is the use of telemedicine through Remote Presence Robotics. Through the use of telemedicine, physicians in the network can receive consultation over the Internet. Using bedside videoconferencing, telemedicine medical teams in hospital emergency centers can consult with neuro-specialists in distant cities. This consultative approach improves access to specialty care and reduces the need for exhausting travel and unnecessary patient transports. Member hospitals within the Michigan Stroke Network have 24-hour a day access to highly specialized stroke technology that can mean the difference between life and death for many stroke victims.

“Affiliation with the Michigan Stroke Network will allow hospitals across Michigan to offer patients the most advanced stoke care available, no matter their size, location or resources,” said Suzanne Krouse, a nurse and stroke collaborative practice team member.

For more information about the Michigan Stroke Network,