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Dartmouth-Hitchcock and CMC Work Together to Provide Telestroke Services

October 30, 2013 (Manchester and Lebanon, NH)—In a stroke situation, minutes can make the difference between life and death. Studies have shown that access to a vascular neurologist vastly reduces mortality or the often damaging effects of a stroke. Yet, it is not feasible for every hospital to keep a stroke specialist on duty 24 hours a day. To address this problem, Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) has created a “telestroke” program so that patients, no matter where they are or what hour of day they are in need, have access to specialty care.

Today, Dartmouth-Hitchcock announced that Catholic Medical Center (CMC) will be the first site in the region to offer this 24-7 service for stroke patients staffed exclusively by attending vascular neurologists.  Neurologists will include not only specialists from Dartmouth-Hitchcock, but from Mayo Clinic, which is partnering with D-H on telemedicine services.

Dr. James N. Weinstein, CEO and President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, said CMC, located in Manchester, is an important site for a comprehensive telehealth network. “New technologies are making it possible for us to deliver care in ways never before imagined. This program will allow us to give communities and care providers throughout our region access to experts who can work with them in real time to provide the care the patient needs, close to home.”

“We chose to work with Dartmouth-Hitchcock because we are committed to providing a higher standard of care for our patients,” said Dr. Joseph Pepe, President and CEO of Catholic Medical Center.  “We are very proud of the stroke program we have at CMC, and now look forward to bringing the expertise of Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Center for Telehealth to our patients and the community we serve.” 

In telestroke care, a neurology specialist at a distant site uses innovative technology to connect to the patient’s bedside – talking with the emergency room physician, conducting a patient examination, reviewing x-rays or CT scan, vital signs, and other findings. This thorough evaluation determines the most-immediate and best treatment plan for that patient.

Studies have shown that early and effective treatment saves lives and prevents long-term disability. Telestroke brings the expertise of a stroke center to the bedside of the patient, improving outcomes, reducing patient risks, shortening hospital stays, and lowering costs through more timely and accurate diagnosis. 

“As we work to create a sustainable health system for our region, it is critical that we join with providers who share our vision and values, which are built around always doing what’s right for the patient. Catholic Medical Center has been an important partner for D-H in many ways over the years. We look forward to extending and strengthening that relationship, for the benefit of all the people of New Hampshire,” said Dr. Weinstein.

PDF of this press release:  Dartmouth-Hitchcock and CMC Work Together to Provide Telestroke Services

Read the Valley News article: D-H Debuts ‘Telemedicine’ for Stroke Victims

About Dartmouth-Hitchcock: Dartmouth-Hitchcock is a national leader in patient-centered health care and building a sustainable health system. Founded in 1893, the system includes New Hampshire’s only Level 1 trauma center and its only air ambulance service, as well as the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation, and the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the state’s only Children’s Hospital Association-approved, comprehensive, full-service children's hospital. As an academic medical center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock provides access to nearly 1,000 primary care doctors and specialists in almost every area of medicine, as well as world-class research at the Audrey and Theodor Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

About Catholic Medical Center: Catholic Medical Center (or “CMC”) is one of New Hampshire’s largest, full-service medical centers, with a commitment to delivering the highest quality and most advanced healthcare to patients.  CMC is also the home of the New England Heart Institute, a leader in the region for advanced cardiovascular services and the Mom’s Place, delivering new life into our communities every day.  With primary care practices that care for the very young to the young at heart and a commitment to the community through our many outreach programs, CMC is fostering a healthier community, everyday.

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