|[December 07, 2011]
Decatur General Hospital & Specialists On Call Partner to Deliver High Tech Care to Stroke Patients
DECATUR, Ala. --(Business Wire)--
Specialists On Call, Inc. (SOC), the nation's leading provider of
clinical telemedicine, announced today that it is now providing
emergency on-call services to Decatur General Hospital in northern
Alabama. This collaboration is SOC's first hospital in the state of
Alabama. It provides Decatur General's patients immediate access to
board certified neurologists via telemedicine. Telemedicine is a
technologically advanced process that brings highly-trained specialists
to the patient's bedside allowing a neurologist to perform a physical
examination of the patient via the internet. The findings of the
neurologist are discussed with the treating physician at Decatur General
and the two agree upon the best treatment plan for the patient. The
process allows a patient to be provided a specialist consult without
undergoing transport when it is most risky for the patient. The newly
installed wireless network at Decatur General allows this telemedicine
service to be conducted at any location inside the hospital.
Decatur General is a not-for-profit community-based 273-bed hospital
serving Morgan County and surrounding areas. It is currently one of only
three hospitals certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke
Center in Alabama. Dr. Eston Norwood, a neurologist who has been in
Decatur for 25 years, is the Medical Director of the Decatur General
Dean Griffin, Decatur General's President and CEO, remarked, "Decatur
General has delivered the highest quality health care to our community
for nearly 100 years. Our commitment to quality has never wavered and
our partnership with Specialists On Call continues that pledge to our
patients. Teleneurology fortifies our alrady strong position as a
Primary Stroke Center and provides stroke patients with immediate access
to world-class neurologists."
Each year, about 795,000 people experience a new or recurring stroke,
which is the nation's fourth leading cause of death. On average, someone
suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 4
minutes. "With a stroke, time lost is brain lost," said Dr. Norwood.
"Decatur General's rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke is critical
because the effects of a stroke and chances of permanent disability can
be reduced if proper treatment is received within three hours of the
onset of symptoms. The most common reason patients do not receive
treatment is that they often wait to get the help they need. Fast action
and proper treatment can improve a stroke patient's quality of life."
Specialists On Call currently provides teleneurology services to
hospitals in thirteen states and has conducted more than 30,000
consultations via telemedicine since the company's inception. Their
reliability and performance has earned them both a leadership position
within the telemedicine industry as well as the Joint Commission's Gold
Seal of Approval.
Signs of a Stroke:
Difficulty seeing in one or both eyes
Severe headache with no known cause
Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg (especially on one side)
Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
About Decatur General Hospital
Decatur General is a community-based 273-bed hospital that has been
serving Decatur and surrounding areas since 1915. The hospital
scores at or above state and national averages of 96% of the quality
measures reported by CMS and Decatur General's patient satisfaction
scores, as reported through Press Ganey, place the hospital among the
top ranking facilities in the nation for providing compassionate care.
For more information please visit www.decaturgeneral.org.
About Specialists On Call
Specialists On Call, Inc. (SOC), is a Joint Commission-accredited
organization that is changing emergency medicine. As the leading
provider of emergency telemedicine consultations, SOC gives hospitals
vital 24/7/365 access to more than 45 board certified, fellowship
trained academic specialists, each with a minimum of 10 years experience.
With operations on both coasts, SOC provides more than 1,100
emergency consultations per month for hospitals nationwide and hospital
systems such as Vanguard Health Systems, HCA, Inc. and Tenet Healthcare
For more information please visit www.specialistsoncall.com.
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