Twin County Regional Healthcare celebrated 10 years of providing teleneurology services to the communities we serve. A celebration event was held on Wednesday, Jan. 22 to showcase the partnership with Novant Health.
“Rural communities often are without access to advanced stroke and neurology services for emergency and critical care,” said Gregory Pearson, CEO at Twin County Regional Healthcare. “By providing teleneurolgy services to our communities, TCRH provides this life-saving service close to home.”
If a patient experiences a potential stroke or other neurological emergency, our emergency room physician can speak to a neurologist at the bedside by videoconference. A conversation between the two providers allows both clinicians to discuss the results of the diagnostic tests that are performed at the hospital. Many patients are treated right here at Twin County Regional Healthcare and never have to leave the area.
“Our first teleneurology consult was in December 2009,” said Carla Gunter, RN, MSN, SCRN In-service Education, Stroke Coordinator for Twin County Regional Healthcare. “Since then, we have had approximately 2,100 consults. It is important that we continue to educate our communities about the signs and symptoms of a stroke and the importance of calling 911.”
Twin County Regional Hospital (TCRH) is the flagship of the Twin County Regional Healthcare delivery system, a Duke LifePoint Healthcare affiliate, centered on the mission “Making Communities Healthier®. The hospital is located in Galax, Virginia, the center of the Twin Counties of Grayson and Carroll Counties in Southwest Virginia.
Twin County Regional Hospital has been the anchor and the region’s leader of healthcare for over 45 years offering services such as acute care, behavioral health, cardiac rehab/cardio direct, cardiology, cardiopulmonary services, chronic disease management, diagnostic imaging, emergency services, gastroenterology, intensive care, lab/lab direct, occupational health, orthopedics, rehabilitation services, sleep center, stroke center, surgical services, teleneurology, women’s health and birthing center and many other services.
The hospital and the Twin County Physician Practices (Galax, Hillsville & Independence); Behavioral Health; Cardiology; Gastroenterology; Orthopedics; Pediatrics; Surgery, Urgent Care and Urology) – continually develop and improve services as well as outreach programs in response to community need. For additional information, please call 276.236.TCRH (8274) or visit www.TCRH.org or find TCRH on Facebook.