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Naples Community Hospital Uses RP VITA for Comprehensive Tele-Stroke Program

November 11, 2014

Telespecialists and the NCH Healthcare System Announce Go-Live of Tele-stroke Program

Fort Myers, FL and Naples, FL, 

 

Telespecialists, LLC, a leader in remote telemedicine physician services, and the NCH Healthcare System in Naples, FL are announcing the start of a new tele-stroke program.  In a collaboration that has been developing over the last few months, this innovative program will be rolled out on November 10, 2014.  What started out as a refinement of stroke assessment protocols is ready to now improve patient and physician access to neurology expertise within minutes of presentation of a ‘stroke emergency’. 

With stroke as the leading cause of disability in the US, delay in recognition of the symptoms and signs of stroke have limited the use of effective treatment applications.  Hospitals have been looking to novel, state-of-the-art ways to reduce time to treatment in acute stroke.  Telespecialists, LLC brings neurological expertise to the bedside within minutes of recognition of a ‘Stroke Alert’ in an effort to foster better outcomes for all stroke patients. 

‘We are excited about the opportunity to bring our expertise to NCH and help them develop a program of stroke care that benefits all patients within Collier county by creating a world-renowned comprehensive stroke center’ says Adam Heller, MD, Chief Operating Officer of Telespecialists, LLC.  “We commend NCH for recognizing the future of healthcare where technology is leveraged to improve patient outcomes in many different specialties.”

“NCH is dedicated to helping everyone live a happier, healthier life,” says Allen Weiss, M.D.,  President & CEO, NCH Healthcare System.  “As a “Most Wired” hospital, NCH works to integrate the latest technologies that focus on patient safety and quality.  This innovative program has the potential of reducing time to treatment for those experiencing a stroke.  It’s rewarding to take another step toward improving patient outcomes and preserving quality of life for those in our community.”

Telespecialists, LLC

As a provider of physician services, Telespecialists, LLC brings a unique perspective to the world of telemedicine.  From emergent consultations to follow-up services, Telespecialists aims to coordinate care at hospitals and communities where gaps in specialty coverage exists.  Born out of the tele-stroke and teleneurolgy service lines, Telespecialists has a wide variety of physician expertise ranging from areas that include neurology, psychiatry, pulmonary/critical care medicine, and podiatry.  In addition to clinical services, Telespecialists also can provide consultative services for improving work flows and patient outcomes in their areas of specialty.  For more information please visit telespecialists.com or contact their main office at (239) 208-2206

About NCH Healthcare System

The NCH Healthcare System is a not-for-profit, multi-facility healthcare system located in Naples, Florida, United States.  The System is more than just two hospitals (referred to as the NCH Downtown Naples Hospital, and NCH North Naples Hospital) with a total of 716 beds.  The NCH Healthcare System is an alliance of 636 physicians and medical facilities in dozens of locations throughout Collier County and southwest Florida. The services offered by the NCH Healthcare System are extensive.  Inpatient services include:  medical, surgical, cardiac, orthopedic, obstetric, pediatric, rehabilitative, psychiatric, oncology, emergency treatment, and diagnostics.  Outpatient services include:  rehabilitation, home care, urgent care, wound healing, and more.  This year the system had 36,000 admissions, 91,000 emergency room visits, 3,000 births, 386 open heart surgeries, 11,000 surgical procedures, and 3,900 employee colleagues. NCH is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. For more information, visit www.NCHmd.org.

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