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Important Milestone Reached for Stroke Program, But Support Still Needed to Provide Cutting-Edge Stroke Care to Local Patients and Survivors

For Immediate Release: December 17, 2018

ValleyCare Charitable Foundation began the Campaign for Stroke Care this summer to expedite the launch of a stroke program at our community hospital. Thanks to the community’s investment in this lifesaving program, including support from Dublin, Livermore, and Pleasanton Mayors, we have reached an important milestone in the Campaign and the stroke care program.

We are pleased to announce that TeleNeurology and Stroke Code will go live on Monday, December 17, 2018. “The ability to have around-the-clock coverage from a neurologist for Stanford Health Care ValleyCare patients is an important first step in providing stroke care to patients in our community. We are excited to launch our TeleNeurology and Stroke Code efforts today and take this critical step toward becoming a Primary Stroke Center,” says Dr. Paulomi Kadakia Bhalla, Director of TeleNeurology, Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare, and Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences, Stanford University.

When a patient in the hospital presents with stroke symptoms, our clinical team will call a Stroke Code, which will immediately activate multiple departments to prepare to react during the critical window of time to give the patient the best chance of a full recovery. If a neurologist is not on site, we will automatically activate our new TeleNeurology system. Using the robot, Stanford neurologists in Palo Alto will be able to conduct real-time bedside video evaluations. In collaboration with local front-line staff, they will determine the acute care plan for each patient, including any potential need for transfer.

“Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare’s team has worked hard to reach this critical objective in our quest to become a Primary Stroke Center. The process is very resource-intensive. It wouldn’t be possible without community participation. We are really heartened to see the support and enthusiasm from the community for this critical program,” says Dr. Prashanth Krishnamohan, Medical Director of Neurology, Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare, and Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences, Stanford University.

Achieving the vision of becoming a leading provider of cutting-edge stroke care includes offering state-of-the-art rehabilitation services within our community. “Stroke rehabilitation is a vital part of recovery after stroke. The severity of complications varies widely for stroke patients,” says Krishnamohan. “Poststroke care is an important part of improving the function and quality of life of stroke survivors. That’s why our vision is to put in place a clinical rehabilitation program that will bring together a multidisciplinary team to provide the best care possible for patients in our community.”

There are nearly 7 million stroke survivors in the United States. Among ischemic stroke survivors at least 65 years of age, stroke survivors had the following disabilities 6 months after stroke: 50% had hemiparesis (weakness on one side of the body), 35% of survivors have depressive symptoms, 30% are unable to walk without assistance, 26% are dependent in activities of daily living, 26% are in a nursing home, and 19% have aphasia (loss of ability to understand or repress speech).

According to the National Stroke Association, “recovery from stroke is a lifelong process.” That’s why we’re appealing to our community for your investment and help in closing the funding gap for the Campaign. Even though we’ve made great strides toward reaching the fundraising goal, to better serve stroke patients and survivors in our community, we still need support from donors to bring the Campaign to its successful conclusion by December 31. To donate or learn more about the Campaign, visit Charitable Foundation at either www.valleycare.com/stroke or contact ValleyCare at vccharitable@stanfordhealthcare.org or 925-373-4560.

 

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