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First Integrated Telestroke Network in Southern California Opening at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. PSJMC Specialists Utilize Robot Technology to Treat Patients at Four Other Valley Hospitals.

Robots will be dispatched to four San Fernando Valley hospitals to provide a new level of stroke expertise from the neurosciences team at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center.

The Telestroke Program at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center

 
 

Physician specialists from Providence Saint Joseph in Burbank will see and speak with patients via computer monitor, review initial tests and diagnose and direct treatment – all courtesy of a state-of-the-art robotic system developed by InTouch Health and iRobot. The system includes mapping technology that allows the doctor to direct the robot to various patients on a single unit.

“Evidence shows far better outcomes for stroke patients who are treated as soon as possible by neurologists, but not all hospitals have interventional neurologists, neurosurgeons and other sub-specialists on staff,” said Patrice Hallak, regional director or neurosciences and orthopedics for Providence Health & Services, Southern California. “Our new 24-hour Telestroke Center brings the experts at Providence Saint to hospital bedsides across the Valley.”

Under a new partnership, Providence Saint Joseph will work with community hospitals – as well as sister hospital Providence Tarzana Medical Center – to visit virtually with patients and coordinate treatment. Also contracting are Sherman Oaks Hospital, Encino Hospital and Mission Community Hospitals in Panorama City. All five contract with Emergency Medical Associates for Emergency Department physicians. Jason Greenspan, M.D., is the project lead for telemedicine for the group and associate director of emergency medicine for Encino, Sherman Oaks and Mission.

“What’s really unique about this program is that we’re looking at using the resources of various different hospitals to bring better services to the entire community,” Dr. Greenspan said, noting the consortium envisions expanding telemedicine services to expand to member hospitals’ signature specialties. “Stroke care is a great way to get started because it’s such a debilitating disease and time is critical. You should never have to drive past your local ER to get expert stroke care because those few minutes are crucial.”

Through a secure two-way videoconferencing system, a Providence Saint Joseph neurologist can review patient records and diagnostic results, perform a full examination and consult with local clinicians to help determine the best course of treatment.

“This is the future of specialty medicine,” said neurologist Ronnie Karayan, M.D., on staff at Providence Saint Joseph. “This entire program is about vastly improving outcomes for patients and their local hospitals.”

“With medical advances and a limited number of experts, it makes sense for community hospitals to pool resources to best serve their patients,” added neurologist Margarita Oveian, M.D., also a member of the Providence Saint Joseph stroke team. “This is especially important in an area like the Valley where we see a significant number of aging members of the baby boom generation.”

Providence Saint Joseph’s Hycy and Howard Hill Neuroscience Institute is a leader in stroke care. The hospital’s has earned the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission for Advanced Primary Stroke Centers, making Providence Saint Joseph one of the nation's premier stroke centers.


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Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center has earned the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission for Advanced Primary Stroke Centers. This means the facility offer patients lifesaving treatment during the critical first few hours after a stroke.

What’s more, Providence Saint Joseph has received multiple quality awards for the treatment of stroke from HealthGrades, a leading health care ratings organization.

“Each one of our facilities is staffed with expert emergency room physicians, nurses and neurologists, who are prepared to administer clot-busting medication to patients who arrive at the hospital within three hours of the onset of stroke symptoms,” says Patrice M. Hallak, P.T., NCS, service area director for neurology, orthopedics and rehabilitation. “And if patients need further intervention, we can quickly transport them to Providence Saint Joseph from another of our hospitals.”

She emphasizes that a stroke is a medical emergency requiring immediate attention. Signs of a stroke include sudden onset of symptoms including numbness or weakness of the arm, face or leg, trouble speaking or difficulty seeing. A sudden, severe headache with no known cause can also be the sign of a stroke—or an aneurysm, which also requires emergency medical attention.


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Every 40 seconds, an American has a stroke. As your trusted health partner, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center would like to remind you that it’s important to know and address your risk factors for stroke.

Fortunately, you have access to one of America’s premier neuroscience institutes right here in the Valley. At the Hycy and Howard Hill Neuroscience Institute at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, we achieve an exceptional level of care for a full range of neurological disorders, including stroke, through an interdisciplinary approach that combines comprehensive diagnosis and treatment.


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Movement disorders affect thousands of Americans, making it difficult to do the things they enjoy.

If you are experiencing symptoms of a movement disorder, or have been diagnosed, you are fortunate to have access to one of America’s premier neuroscience institutes, right here in the Valley.

At the Movement Disorders Center, part of the Hycy and Howard Hill Neuroscience Institute at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, we achieve an exceptional level of care through an interdisciplinary approach of comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for a full range of movement disorders.


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Neurological disorders are the leading cause of long-term disability in the U.S. But if diagnosed and treated properly, individuals can continue to live independent and fulfilling lives.

That’s why it’s important to know your risk factors for neurological disorders and to seek proper care, should you need it. Fortunately, you have access to one of America’s premier neuroscience institutes right here in the Valley. At the Hycy and Howard Hill Neuroscience Institute at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, we achieve an exceptional level of care through an interdisciplinary approach, bringing together comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for a full range of neurological disorders.

The Telestroke Program at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center

 
 

The Neurovascular Center at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center

 

The Stroke Center at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center

 

The Movement Disorders Center at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center

 

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Testimonial  

In 2007, Howard Hill suffered an unexpected stroke. Fortunately his family rushed him to PSJMC for immediate treatment.

After successful treatment and several weeks of highly-focused physical, speech and occupational therapy, Howard regained his strength and was able to return his favorite game - golf. Later that year, Howard and his wife Hycy made a generous donation to establish the Hycy & Howard Hill Neuroscience Institute.

“A stroke can strike a loved one or a friend at any time - it does not discriminate. It's nice to know that the Neuroscience Institute will bring hope to many more families in the future.”


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