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Remarkable neurosciences services close to home


Our promise is to bring our patients world-class clinicians, care and technology when and where they need them. By expanding our neurosciences services, we are providing a continuity of care previously not available for patients with neurological conditions at Novant Health UVA Health System.

One area of focus for neurosciences services in Virginia is treating stroke, which is a leading cause of death and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the U.S., according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. Our goal is for Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center to become certified by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center and Novant Health UVA Health System Haymarket Medical Center as an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital by 2018. In order to receive these designations, we will aim to diagnose and treat stroke patients within 60 minutes of arrival. However, we strive for excellence and will aim for a “door-to-needle” time – that’s the time between the patient’s arrival and the administering of a clot-busting drug – of 30 minutes.

To help meet this goal, Novant Health UVA Health System recently hired two neurohospitalists, Duane Campbell, MD, neurology medical director, and Saumya Gill, MD. The hospital-based physicians are trained in an emerging subspecialty focused on diagnosing and coordinating inpatient treatment of stroke and other neurological conditions.

In addition to hiring specialized providers, Novant Health UVA Health System is adding inpatient neurosciences services. In June 2017, our new telestroke services program will put our stroke specialists in front of patients, whenever they need them. Using a secure telemedicine link, our specialists can talk to patients via video technology, which allows our providers to make faster decisions, getting patients the care they need quickly. We will also leverage our new technology to provide remote consults, such as tele-electroencephalogram (tele-EEG), a test used to monitor and diagnose epilepsy. This will allow our specialists to read an EEG performed at any of our medical centers, real time or after the test is completed. Through telemedicine, our neurosciences specialists are on-call around the clock at Haymarket Medical Center and Prince William Medical Center, and ready to evaluate patients from other facilities, including Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center, via video technology.

To ensure that we can offer the best care, we are building strong relationships with providers in our communities and increasing awareness of our care capabilities and the investments we are making to support neurology care. A continuing medical education event for referring providers, including emergency/urgent care and primary care providers, will be held May 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at NH UVA Prince William Medical Center in Medical Building One, fourth floor, conference rooms A, B and C. All interested team members are welcome to register. Attendees will learn how to summarize the benefits of Primary Stroke Center certification to the patients and communities we serve, discuss the data and science of endovascular treatment for acute stroke and describe recent advances in ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke management. To RSVP, please contact Julia Burgess at j.burgess@novanthealth.org.

Posted on Thursday, April 27, 2017
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