August was an exciting time forPPMC’s Primary Stroke Service team, as they welcomed new faculty members,celebrated awards, and rolled-out advanced services that provide superior careto stroke patients.
On August 1, the PPMC Neurology andPrimary Stroke teams welcomed Claude Nguyen, MD, an expert in acute stroke treatment,telemedicine and vascular neurology. Dr. Nguyen is a clinical specialistserving as the director of stroke services at PPMC. In his new role he willwork to develop the neuroscience services on the PPMC campus. He joins theexpert care provided by department chief Sami Khella, MD, and Maria Chen, MD,also new to the neurology team.
Also in August, the Primary StrokeTeam was presented with the Get with the Guidelines Bronze Award from the AmericanHeart Association/American Stroke Association. The award recognizes PPMC’s commitmentand success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients. To receive theaward, PPMC treated stroke patients with above 85 percent compliance to corestandard levels of care for at least 90 days. Get with the Guidelines is aquality improvement initiative that provides hospital staff with tools thatfollow proven evidence-based guidelines and procedures in caring for stroke patientsto prevent future hospitalizations and decrease mortality.
Finally, last month PPMC’sEmergency Department rolled-out advanced stroke services when it connected tolive, remote access to the full Penn Neuro Rescue team 24/7 via telemedicine. Thetelemedicine component of the Penn Neuro Rescue program provides comprehensive neurovascularexpertise through live, remote consults between the PPMC ED and Penn Neuro Rescueteams.
“Telemedicine is an effective wayto augment the already excellent stroke care provided to patients withstroke-like symptoms in our ED,” said John Flamma, MD, chief ofEmergency Medicine at PPMC. “This new partnership with our colleagues in theNeuro Rescue program will ensure that our patients will continue receiving thelevel of care they need at all times.“
Under the structure of the newprogram, patients will be evaluated in the PPMC ED in consultation with PennNeuro Rescue experts at HUP. They will assess if the patient would benefit from treatments availableat HUP’s Comprehensive Stroke Center. In most cases the patient will stay atPPMC where they will receive the high standard of care provided bythe PrimaryStroke Center.
“I am very excited to joinsuch a talented group of faculty and staff at PennPresbyterian, and to continue expanding our stroke program,” saysDr. Nguyen. “With such tools as telemedicine beingrolled-out, we will be able to ensure that stroke care at PPMC remainsat the same high standard as the rest of the PennMedicine system. Over time, I hope we will be able to offerclinical trials and other advancements and technologies to ourstroke patients.”