WVU Medicine Barnesville Hospital launches Telestroke Program with the WVU Stroke Center

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BARNESVILLE, OHIO – WVU Medicine Barnesville Hospital has launched a Telestroke Program with the WVU Stroke Center.

“Through our affiliation with WVU Medicine, we are able to bring this cutting-edge technology to southeastern Ohio,” David Phillips, president and CEO of Barnesville Hospital, said. “Now, patients will not have to leave the area to receive the highest quality of care.”

Through telestroke, WVU Stroke Center neurologists can securely view and interact with the patient in the Barnesville Hospital Emergency Room and view diagnostic data over an encrypted internet connection. The WVU Stroke Center team and the Barnesville Hospital staff will communicate using video conferencing devices to develop a care plan for the stroke patient, share tests like computed tomography (CT) scans, and administer a clot-busting drug called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) intravenously.

“With this collaboration, we can offer patients in the community quick access to some of the top neurologists in the nation. This technology will allow for a neurologist to rapidly make a diagnosis and establish a treatment plan for each patient,” Ryan Gallagher, director of nursing, said. “Our goal is for the public to recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke and quickly call 911 to immediately be transported to the hospital. The immediate recognition, access to a neurologist, and treatment makes all the difference when it comes to a positive outcome and a healthy recovery.”

For more information, visit WVUMedicine.org

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Media Inquiries:
Lindsay Dowdle, Marketing Specialist, 740-425-5789, ldowdle@barnesvillehospital.com