Henry County Hospital Joins The University of Toledo Medical Center Stroke Network

Stroke can strike suddenly, and without fast intervention can lead to potentially profound disability. The American Stroke Association says it is the number one cause of disability in this country and the number four cause of death.

Henry County Hospital is now part of The University of Toledo Medical Center Stroke Network. The Stroke Network is a collaborative link of hospitals connected to a central hub hospital, UTMC, with expertise in all aspects of stroke management. Using high-quality teleconferencing equipment, members of the UTMC Stroke Team are able to work in tandem with Henry County Hospital's Emergency Care Services physicians. Using this network, UTMC's Stroke Team can perform a virtual examination on a stroke patient, view radiological studies, talk with family members and develop a state-of-the-art treatment plan. This network allows stroke patients to receive some of the best care in the region when time is of the essence without having to be transferred to the University of Toledo Medical Center. The patient can be assessed quickly if rapid and direct intervention is required.

"I am extremely excited about Henry County Hospital's new partnership with UTMC's Stroke Network," commented Kim Bordenkircher, chief executive officer at Henry County Hospital. "The launch of the Telestroke program brings healthcare benefits of a large city to rural Henry County. When diagnosing a stroke every minute matters, now residents of Henry County and the surrounding rural communities can receive high quality stroke care without delay."

The network is designed to expand patient access to university-quality care. Henry County Hospital's partnership with the Stroke Network will now give patients 24/7 access to UTMC Stroke Network consultations. Dr. Mouhammad Jumaa and Dr. Syed Zaidi, vascular and interventional neurologists who trained at the University of Pittsburgh, have joined the UT faculty to direct the UTMC Stroke Network and Neuro-interventional Services.

In 2005, UTMC became one of the first hospitals in Ohio to be accredited as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. UTMC has participated in more than 30 stroke research protocols and has four neurologists board-certified in vascular neurology. The chair of neurology and vascular neurology, Dr. Gretchen Tietjen, received the Stroke Innovation Award in 2009 from the American Heart Association and has provided leadership for the Stroke Center for more than 16 years. Together UTMC Stroke Center and Henry County Hospital are committed to providing excellent stroke care to the residents of Henry County and the surrounding areas.