In May 2011, Barnesville Hospital began a collaborative with Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, extending the expert care of the universitys Neurovascular Stroke Center to patients in Barnesville and surrounding communities through a stroke telemedicine network. When a patient presents to the Emergency Department with stroke-like symptoms, Barnesville Hospital staff initiates a stroke alert and immediately connects with OSU Wexner Medical Center vascular neurologists through a telemedicine link.
The Telestroke and stroke alert program expedites care in a situation where every minute lost can negatively impact the patients outcome. It is very important that patients and their families become familiar with the potential signs and symptoms of stroke, according to Nancy Heaton, R.N., C.E.N., Clinical Nurse Coordinator. As part of its community education program to increase awareness of these signs and symptoms, Barnesville Hospital sponsored a coloring book contest for fourth grade students from Barnesville, Union Local, Skyvue, and Woodsfield school districts. The coloring page highlighted the signs of stroke and the importance of calling 911 for timely intervention. Winners from each school were recognized with a ceremony at the school and received a gift bag with items bearing the Ohio State logo.
On May 18th, Ohio State Universitys Neurovascular Stroke Center hosted a celebration, recognizing the efforts of all spoke hospitals, including Barnesville Hospital, in successful implementation of the telestroke network. Overall statistics and quality improvements activities were shared with attendees. As a result of the coloring book community education contest, Barnesville Hospital received the Community Education Award. According to Karen Wiles, BSN, RN, CCM, Telestroke Project Manager, Barnesville Hospital was chosen for this award due to the commitment and creativity used to improve stroke awareness in the community. A sample of the coloring page was shared with all spoke hospitals with a goal to replicate the project.
The mission of Barnesville Hospital continues to be personalized, quality care, utilizing the latest in technology and the expertise of vascular neurologists at OSU Wexner Medical Center. Having these resources close to home can save valuable time in receiving necessary treatment. Time lost is brain lost. If you are interested in more information about the telestroke program or other services at Barnesville Hospital, contact Peggy Douglass, Director of Education & Outreach at (740) 425-5158, or visit the hospitals website at <ahref=”http: www.barnesvillehospital.com”=””>Barnesville Hospital, or find us on Facebook.