Geisinger Health System and Geisinger–Lewistown Hospital have expanded their stroke services to provide advanced care for patients in the Lewistown area. Through a new telemedicine program, the expertise of Geisinger's stroke specialists is now available to Geisinger–Lewistown Hospital Emergency Department physicians 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A secure video monitoring system (Polycom machine) provides a real-time link between Geisinger's stroke-trained neurologists and Lewistown's Emergency Department. Stroke patients now receive advanced treatment from Geisinger specialists in collaboration with Lewistown emergency physicians.
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. As the population continues to age, strokes are likely to increase. The American Heart Association and the American College of Emergency Physicians say that aggressively treating stroke in its early stages significantly improves a person's chance for a full recovery.
Geisinger specialists evaluate the patient, review brain scans and work with Lewistown Emergency Department physicians and staff to provide the best acute stroke care. Teleconferencing equipment is brought to the patient's bedside, allowing Geisinger staff to assess the patient, and speak directly to the Lewistown physician, patient and patient's family.