|8/5/2012 3:15:00 PM|
USDA official sees Providence Telestroke Network in action
Providence Health & Services photo
Oscar, a robot that links stroke experts at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center to community hospitals, greets USDA Rural Development Utilities Administrator Jonathan Adelstein and Vicki Walker, Oregon State Director for USDA Rural Development.
Oscar the telestroke robot stole the show when Jonathan Adelstein, USDA Rural Development Utilities Administrator, toured Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in late July. As part of a visit to Portland, Adelstein saw how a grant from the agency is being used by Providence Brain and Spine Institute to treat stroke patients in rural communities.
To demonstrate the Providence Telestroke Network for Adelstein, the hospital’s stroke team connected to a telestroke robot in the Emergency Department at Wallowa Memorial Hospital in Enterprise. Using the network’s two-way camera connection, the clinical team at Wallowa Memorial showed how they use their USDA grant-funded telestroke robot to work with Portland stroke neurologists to examine stroke patients, consult with family and quickly determine the best course of treatment for the patient.
Telestroke robots similar to Oscar are located in 16 community hospitals across Oregon and Southwest Washington as part of Providence’s Telestroke Network.
In addition to Wallowa Memorial Hospital, the USDA’s $253,260 grant will provide Providence Telestroke Network connections to four rural critical access hospitals in eastern and central Oregon. To date, the grant also has funded telestroke technology at Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Heppner and Lake District Hospital in Lakeview. Installations at two other hospitals are pending.
“We are very excited to have this grant, which gives thousands of residents in rural parts of Oregon instant access to lifesaving treatment,” said Bonnie Smith, executive director of Providence Brain and Spine Institute.
Funding was provided through a USDA grant.