Lake Charles Memorial Health System launched its innovative InTouch TeleStroke
program in partnership with Tulane Medical Center. The program is a form
of telemedicine that provides Lake Charles Memorial patients with enhanced
in-house stroke care and 24-hour access to Tulane Medical Center’s
specialized stroke experts.
The collaboration brings together innovative TeleStroke equipment and specialized
care from Tulane’s Joint Commission-certified comprehensive stroke
center. Using TeleStroke system carts and a two-way live video, audio
and image sharing system, consulting stroke neurologist and neurosurgeons
from Tulane Medial Center can evaluate a Lake Charles Memorial patient
in real time to diagnose a stroke and determine the best course of action.
“During a stroke, time is of the essence, because time lost is brain
lost,” says Dr. Jon Gray, Lake Charles Memorial Emergency Department
Medical Director. “Tulane’s TeleStroke network provides on-demand
access to stroke experts within minutes of entering our emergency room
and reduces treatment time.”
Together, Lake Charles Memorial and Tulane Medical Center provide quality
care to stroke patients and follow national standards and guidelines that
can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.
As part of the TeleStroke partnership, Lake Charles Memorial stroke patients
will have streamlined access to Tulane Medical Center when needed for
“We are committed to enhancing healthcare in the community, and we
want to keep Lake Charles Memorial patients close to home whenever possible,”
says Sheryl Martin-Schild, M.D., PhD, Vascular Neurologist and Medical
Director of the Tulane Stroke Program. “Stroke patients will likely
stay at Lake Charles Memorial, but it’s comforting for patients,
family and staff to know specialized care is available nearby at Tulane
Medical Center, when necessary.”
About Lake Charles Memorial Health System www.lcmh.com/stroke
Memorial Health System is the region's largest not-for-profit, community
healthcare system, serving the healthcare needs of Southwest Louisiana.
Memorial Health System is locally-owned and operated by a Board of Trustees
from the community it serves. The hospital is a shareholder of Voluntary
Hospitals of America (VHA), and is fully licensed by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. CEO Larry Graham joined Lake
Charles Memorial Health System in
2006, bringing more than 30 years of experience in healthcare administration.
The only full-service healthcare system in Lake Charles, Memorial was established
in 1952. Today, our health system includes 298 licensed beds on our Oak
Park campus, 38 beds at our Women's campus, 29 beds at our long-term
care specialty hospital, outpatient clinics serving uninsured and under
insured at the W.O. Moss Memorial Health Clinic, and over 90 employed
physicians and specialists that are a part of the Memorial Medical Group.
As the healthcare market leader in the Lake Charles region, our success
can be attributed to a dedicated team of over 2,800 employees and 300
staff physicians representing more than 60 specialties and subspecialties,
as well as the largest emergency services department in southwest Louisiana.
Memorial is also the area's only teaching facility for physicians
through the Memorial/LSUHSC Family Medicine Residency Program, and serves
as a clinical training site for nursing, medical technology and radiologic
technology students through various universities, including McNeese State
About Tulane Medical Center www.tulanehealthcare.com
Tulane Medical Center is an acclaimed teaching, research and medical facility
serving the greater New Orleans area. TMC has more than 500 credentialed
physicians who provide leading-edge care, ranging from primary to tertiary
to quaternary. Facilities in the New Orleans area include Tulane Medical
Center, Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children, Tulane Pediatrics,
Tulane Cancer Center, Tulane Transplant Institute, Tulane Multispecialty
Center Metairie, Tulane Multispecialty Center Uptown, Tulane Multispecialty
Center Downtown and the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine. TMC is a
partnership jointly owned by HCA and Tulane University.
About InTouch Health
InTouch Health is the leader in providing telemedicine solutions for high-acuity
applications where doctors are required to take immediate clinical action.
The InTouch Telemedicine System is the industry’s only fully integrated
end-to-end solution encompassing clinical data management, medical imaging,
24/7 technical support, clinical consulting services and the SureCONNECT®
cloud-based infrastructure. By removing time and distance barriers, this
System effectively enables physicians to perform real-time consults with
hospital patients through a host of purpose-built telemedicine devices.
Deployed at nearly 1,000 hospital locations on six continents, the InTouch
Telemedicine System is now in use by 15 percent of all U.S. hospitals.