St. Petersburg, FL (November 4, 2014) — Northside Hospital is proud to announce the start of a new tele-stroke program with Telespecialists, LLC, a leader in remote telemedicine physician services. A collaboration that has been developing over the last four months, this innovative program rolled out on November 3, 2014, and will improve patient and physician access to neurology expertise within minutes of presentation of stroke symptoms.
Stroke is the leading cause of disability and number four cause of death in the United States, and delay in recognition of the symptoms and signs of stroke have limited the use of effective treatment applications. Hospitals have been looking to novel, state-of-the-art ways to reduce time to treatment in acute stroke. Telespecialists, LLC brings neurological expertise to the bedside within minutes of recognition of a ‘Stroke Alert,’ in an effort to foster better outcomes for all stroke patients.
“We are excited about the opportunity to enhance Northside Hospital’s stroke program and work with the team there to create a world-renowned comprehensive stroke center,” said Adam Heller, MD, Chief Operating Officer of Telespecialists, LLC. “We commend Northside Hospital for recognizing the future of healthcare where technology is leveraged to improve patient outcomes in many specialties.”
“Our number one goal continues to be improving the long-term well-being of our patients, and this program will enhance our current neurological offerings as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and aid us in doing just that,” said Dia Nichols, FACHE, CEO of Northside Hospital. “With this program, we will be able to ensure that no matter the time of day or night, strokes will be diagnosed quickly and accurately, so that treatment can begin as soon as possible.”
About Northside Hospital
Serving the community since 1976, Northside Hospital is a 288-bed facility, offering a full range of services including interventional stroke care, full-service orthopedic and spine treatment, a 24-hour emergency department, preventative and corrective cardiac care, and general surgery. As the only Comprehensive Stroke Center in St. Petersburg, our technologically advanced facility allows our superior physicians and nursing staff to care for our growing community. With campus-based specialized units, such as the Tampa Bay Heart Institute, and the Neuroscience Institute for Interventional Neuroradiology and neurologic care, Northside Hospital continues to enhance and expand its services to better serve the St. Petersburg community. For more information about Northside Hospital, visit our website at www.NorthsideHospital.com or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NorthsideHospital.
About Telespecialists, LLC
As a provider of physician services, Telespecialists, LLC brings a unique perspective to the world of telemedicine. From emergent consultations to follow-up services, Telespecialists aims to coordinate care at hospitals and communities where gaps in specialty coverage exists. Born out of the tele-stroke and teleneurolgy service lines, Telespecialists has a wide variety of physician expertise ranging from areas that include neurology, psychiatry, pulmonary/critical care medicine, and podiatry. In addition to clinical services, Telespecialists also can provide consultative services for improving work flows and patient outcomes in their areas of specialty. For more information please visit telespecialists.com or contact their main office at (239) 208-2206.
For More Information:
Aimee Bennett, Marketing Director
Northside Hospital, Marketing & Public Relations
6000 49th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33709
Phone: (727) 521-5265, Fax: (727) 521-5007