The McLaren Stroke Network

McLaren is dedicated to delivering the highest quality of care to our stroke patients. The clock starts ticking upon the first signs of a stroke. For every minute a stroke is left untreated, millions of brain cells die. The key to maximizing your outcome after stroke symptoms begin is to immediately call 9-1-1 so you can get to the Emergency Department as soon as possible. Similar to treating a heart attack, evidence based medicine shows there is a "treatment window" for maximizing outcomes for stroke patients. McLaren is among the best in area stroke care and employs a skilled to staff to increase positive results.

Telestroke Network

McLaren Health Care's telemedicine service provides patients with enhanced in-house stroke care and 24/7 access to highly specialized interventional neurologists who can provide advanced therapies for patients with strokes and aneurysms. The McLaren Stroke Network is the only program in Michigan - and one of only a handful in the nation - where every stroke patient is seen by a stroke trained interventional neurologist in minutes...any time of the day or night.

Consultative services within minutes

As part of the McLaren Stroke Network, interventional neurologists utilize a telemedicine “robot” to provide consultative services within minutes of notification by onsite emergency and in house physicians. The TeleStroke System allows the interventional neurologist to beam into the patient’s bedside from a remote location and assess the patient, review CT scan images and discuss best options for the patient with onsite physicians and the patient’s family.

McLaren's accessibility to telemedicine technology

Each of the hospitals across the McLaren system has installed this telemedicine technology in their emergency department, ensuring that patients have access to rapid decision-making for treatment during the critical period following the onset of stroke symptoms. This technology assures that clinical therapies such as clot removal and clot busting drugs can be applied quickly and effectively, resulting in better outcomes for the patient in regaining blood flow to affected areas in the brain, thus minimizing long term disability.

With the TeleStroke network, stroke patients benefit from speedier diagnoses, faster care, and a better chance of recovery. We're proud to offer this high level of neurologic intervention for stroke patients.

TeleStroke technology is available at these McLaren ER locations:

Within the McLaren Network
Outside the McLaren Network

These hospitals are participants of the McLaren Stroke Network program.

Airflight

McLaren Health Care contracts with FlightCare to transport patients via helicopter from outlying hospitals to Level I Stroke Centers in the McLaren system. The program offers air transportation for patients from McLaren Central Michigan and McLaren Northern Michigan to McLaren Flint. We also partner with EMS services for overland transfers.

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