Clinical Neurosciences Center

Telestroke brings expertise, support to community and rural hospitals

Program improves care, reduces costs

For Immediate Release

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SALT LAKE CITY – Through the University of Utah Clinical Neurosciences Center's Telestroke program community hospitals throughout theintermountain region can provide comprehensive stroke care to their patients even if they do not have a board-certified stroke neurologist on staff.  Using real-time videoconferencing and teleradiology capabilities, community hospitals can link their patients to a 24-7 on-call neurologist at University Hospital.  Once the connection is established, the neurologist conducts a one-on-one evaluation with the stroke patient and reviews the patient's CT scans.  Following the evaluation, the neurologist consults with the community hospital to determine the best treatment plan

Benefits of Telestroke Include:

  • Improved care through better patient management, reducing risk, and increased patient confidence.
  • Reduced costs through shorter hospitalizations and providing a more accurate and timely diagnosis.
  • Elimination of unnecessary transfers, keeping patients close to home.
  • Provides both the community hospital and patient with stroke education and support.

Current Telestroke Locations and Total Telestroke Events in 2008

  • St. John’s Medical Center (Jackson, WY), 0 Events
  • Mountain West Medical Center (Tooele, UT), 7 Events
  • Uintah Basin Medical Center (Roosevelt, UT), 4 Events
  • Central Valley Medical Center (Nephi, UT), 5 Events
  • Gunnison Valley Hospital (Gunnison, UT), 0 Events
  • Beaver Valley Hospital (Beaver, UT), 7 Events
  • Allen Memorial Hospital (Moab, UT), 8 Events 
  • San Juan Hospital (Monticello, UT), 5 Events

Read the full report on Telestroke, including how it works by downloading this brochure.

Media Contact:
Dennis Jolley, Director, Neurosciences Marketing & Public Affairs
801-585-7777 Office
801-339-5652 Pager