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New Technology Enhancing Healthcare at Meadows Regional
Monday, 29 June 2009
June 29-- Time is of the essence for stroke victims, and doctors at Meadows Regional now have partnership with St. Joseph Candler's of Savannah to provide a quicker response for stroke patients in Vidalia and surrounding areas.

Cheryl Gay, Director of Marketing for Meadows Regional, says the partnership will "save many lives in Toombs and surrounding counties by early diagnosis and administering life saving drugs."

REACH Call, a telecommunications program created at the Medical College of Georgia, will allow stroke patients in the area to consult with a neurosurgeon from St. Joseph’s via web cam. If necessary, the neurosurgeon can then administer a clot busting drug,  called TPA, at a quicker response time. Vidalia's local neurologist, Dr. Steven Hill, is very excited about the new partnership and the benefits it will bring to local citizens.

"We're very excited about the partnership we have between Meadows Regional and St. Joseph’s of Savannah to provide acute stroke care for those patients that qualify for receiving the intravenous clot busting drug. What this allows us to do is provide this care to a patient in a setting where there may not be a neurologist physically available to provide a consultation. In the partnership with St. Joe's and the neurologists that work there, they will be able to use a telemedicine program called "REACH Call" to provide consultation to the patient in our local emergency department, and can determine if they are a candidate for TPA, which is the clot busting drug. The patient would then be transferred to the neurointensive care unit in St. Joe's and receive their continued hospital medical care for their stroke," says Dr. Hill.

Dr. Hill had hoped to have the program up and running by January of this year, but says the Meadows Regional hospital staff is currently being trained to use the technology, and the new program should be implemented very shortly. Meadows Regional is one of many hospitals in southeast Georgia united in St. Joseph’s 'Hub-and-Spoke Referral Network.'
 
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