Hamilton Hospital Offers Telemedicine for Stroke Patients

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Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro now offers state-of-the-art telemedicine technology that puts a stroke patient in touch with immediate time-saving, life-saving stroke evaluation and treatment.

“The telemedicine service means if you arrive in the emergency room with symptoms of a stroke, you have technology that gives immediate live access to doctors at the SIH Brain and Spine Institute in Carbondale — the largest neuroscience team in the region — 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” said Patty Blazier, chief nursing officer at Hamilton Memorial Hospital.

The telemedicine program is the result of a Delta Health Care Services Grant from USDA Rural Development, which was awarded to Southern Illinois Healthcare.

The Southern Illinois Telemedicine network includes eight area hospitals, the SIU School of Medicine, Illinois Hospital Association and Connect SI.

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