Telemedicine Advances Stroke Care at Sutter Amador Hospital
Jackson – Imagine getting specialized, personal care from a neurologist more than 100 miles away. With Sutter Health’s Telestroke program, neurologists at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) can provide accurate, targeted and prompt neurological care to patients at Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson.
As part of the Telestroke program that has rolled out to several affiliates in the Sutter Health system, local SAH Emergency Department physicians can speak directly with neurologists at CPMC via one-on-one video consultations. CPMC neurologists provide patient care recommendations for any patient presenting with a stroke or stroke-like symptoms. With real-time guidance from neurologists, local physicians are able to apply the most modern stroke treatments, bringing top-notch care and optimizing outcomes for stroke patients.
“The telestroke program and this technology allows us to increase the specialized services that we offer our patients in this rural community,” said Pat Adams, director of the Critical Care Department.
As a certified Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission, Sutter Amador Hospital’s medical specialists, nurses and staff are dedicated to reducing the incidence and impact of strokes. The hospital hosts a stroke support group that meets the first Thursday of the month and recently installed a new 64-slice CT scanner that provides detailed 3D imaging in a faster scan with less radiation. A CT scan is usually one of the first tests completed in a stroke evaluation.
“A stroke is a serious condition that can be treated most effectively if diagnosed early,” said to Donald Van Fossan, M.D. neurologist at Sutter Amador Hospital. “When a stroke patient comes through our doors, fast and efficient imaging is essential.”
In addition to the Telestroke program, Sutter Amador Hospital is among several Sutter Health affiliates that are testing a telepsychiatry program that will roll out later this year.
“The program is still in the first phase but offers a lot of potential for patients in our community,” said Pat. “I am interested and excited to see how we can use technology and these programs to provide a diverse level of care.”