Two of South Carolina’s leading healthcare providers, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and Roper St. Francis just put stroke care above market share.
These two Charleston-based competitors have just announced the Lowcountry Stroke Collaborative, with the goals of improving stroke treatment speed and quality, and ultimately improving patient outcomes. A key component of the collaborative is its telestroke program, which utilizes the REACH Health telemedicine platform.
“We are extremely proud to support this initiative,” said Steve McGraw, president and CEO of REACH Health. “As one of the partner hospitals in the South Carolina Telestroke Alliance, MUSC has already achieved extraordinary results by bringing expert care to within one hour of 96% of the state’s population.”
South Carolinians impacted by Hurricane Matthew were among the first to benefit from the partnership, according to Dr. Christine Holmstedt: “During Hurricane Matthew, we sent our vascular neurologists out of state to maintain their Internet connections. By doing so, we ensured uninterrupted coverage of our telestroke program and were able to assume stroke coverage in one of the Roper hospitals ahead of schedule. Amidst the devastation of the hurricane, our telestroke program proved to be one of the heroes of our new partnership.”
With all-too-frequent dire healthcare headlines, such as rising costs and rural hospital closings, it’s refreshing to see some feel-good news.