SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital, a certified Stroke Center of Excellence by the Joint Commission and home to the MidAmerica Stroke Network, created the Network in late 2007 to promote quality stroke care measures throughout the region. Employing medical consultations remotely via enhanced visual technologies, SLUCare neuro-specialists assist medical teams in emergency rooms at participating Network hospitals by offering consultative and diagnostic services in potential stroke cases. The neuro-specialist can fully evaluate the patient’s condition and vital signs in order to determine the best treatment.
As the founder of the MidAmerica Stroke Network, SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital is responsible for enhancements and access to technology for the network and conducting initial training sessions. The Network provides member hospitals with 24-hour access to neuro-specialists, express transportation services for stroke patients, and state-of-the art technology for consultative and diagnostic services. In turn, the Network’s member hospitals must show a continued commitment to stroke services, resources and quality monitoring.