GraniteOne Health is providing telestroke services for patients at Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro and Monadnock Community Hospital (MCH) in Peterborough. According to a statement, this new service will build upon the strength of each hospital’s existing stroke program to bring more specialized care directly to those communities.
“When people have access to high-quality services in their own community, they’re getting more value from their health care. They get medical attention more quickly and have a better overall experience,” says GraniteOne Health CEO Joseph Pepe, MD. “This is exactly what we set out to do in creating GraniteOne Health.”
In a suspected stroke, time lost is brain lost. Telestroke allows timely, remote consults with neurologists. This helps patients get specialized, time-sensitive stroke treatments faster, which has been shown to limit potential stroke-related damage to the brain.
“This service will improve access to stroke specialists in our community,” says Huggins Hospital’s CMO John Boornazian, MD. “Adding a consultation with a neurologist—even through a computer screen—creates a more advanced and timely system of care.”
“Technology is changing the way health care is delivered,” says Michael Lindberg, MD, MCH’s CMO. “While in-person, one-on-one consultations with clinicians will always be the standard for our patients, telemedicine expands the continuum of care to folks in rural areas who may have limited access to leading specialists.”
Telehealth is one of many initiatives between the GraniteOne Health partners of Catholic Medical Center, Huggins Hospital and Monadnock Community Hospital.