Know the signs of a STROKE

and act FAST

FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

ARM: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Does the speed sound slurred or strange?

TIME: If you observe any of these signs, it's time to call 9-1-1.

Stroke Care Now

Van Wert County Hospital is a proud partner in the StrokeCareNow Network.  Fort Wayne and the communities throughout northeastern Indiana, northwestern Ohio and south-central Michigan have significantly benefitted from a collaborative group of 22 hospitals known as the StrokeCareNow Network (SCNN). The SCNN formed four years ago uniting  neurology physicians of Fort Wayne Neurological Center, Lutheran Health Network and Parkview Health, to provide advanced stroke care to rural parts of the region just as it does in Fort Wayne.

StrokeCareNow Network highlights:
  • A comprehensive transportation team of local EMS, mobile ICUs and three helicopters to retrieve the patient and transport him/her to Fort Wayne for quick interventional care. Patients will be able to specify either Lutheran or Parkview as the hospital of their choice to be transported.
  • An ongoing communications program that raises awareness of the signs and symptoms of stroke with the public and emphasizing the sense of urgency for patients to immediately access their local hospital for diagnosis and treatment.
  • A toll free number for all regional hospital physicians to reach a neurologist on duty daily to quickly assess the condition of a potential stroke patient (1-87 S-T-R-O-K-E 30).
     
  • Telemedicine link between a neurologist in Fort Wayne and the local emergency rooms at 22 hospitals in the region enabling the patient to be visually evaluated by specialists to determine whether the patient is a candidate for advanced stoke interventional services.
  • A multi-directional radiology imaging suite, known as a biplane angiography suite, at both hospitals that will be used by the physician to guide the treatment program enabling clot-busting medicine to be infused directly at the site of the stroke in the brain, or to deploy a stent to assure return of adequate brain blood flow.
  • Participation in patient care by specialty physicians including both neurologists and neurovascular interventionalists on a real-time basis even while the patient is still in a regional hospital emergency room. 

For more information about the SCNN, visit www.strokecarenow.com.