Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango, Castle Rock Adventist Health Campus in Castle Rock and Rio Grande in del Norte are now all part of the Centura Health statewide telestroke network connected to the expert stroke teams at Littleton Adventist Hospital.
Through telestroke's secure high-speed network videoconferencing and image-sharing technology, these teams can connect with Littleton Adventist Hospital specialists - in real time - to rapidly assess and treat patients exhibiting signs of stroke, narrowing the window of time necessary to minimize permanent injury to the brain. The Littleton Hospital based neurologist is able to view and communicate with the patient and ER physician as well as perform a neurological examination and directly view computer tomography (CT) scans to evaluate for intracranial hemorrhage or conditions that may mimic stroke in clinical presentation. Telestroke is cloud (Internet) based technology so it is not dependent on a fixed location which means it can also be set up in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or elsewhere in the hospital if need be.
The award-winning Stroke Center at Littleton Adventist Hospital is committed to higher standards of stroke care and proper procedure while caring for our patients. The Stroke Center at Littleton Adventist Hospital was certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by DNV GL in 2018, and was previously accredited as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission in 2005.
The DNV GL - Healthcare Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification is based on standards set forth by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association, and affirms that the medical center addresses the full spectrum of stroke care – diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and education – and establishes clear metrics to evaluate outcomes. This new Comprehensive designation is awarded only to hospitals that have specific abilities to receive and treat the most complex stroke cases. We have the expert doctors, advanced technology, and efficient processes in place to ensure rapid treatment and provide patients with the best possible outcomes. It means we are ready to deliver advanced stroke care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for patients in need.
The stroke program is part of our nationally recognized Brain and Spine Center with expert neurologists, neuropsychologists, neurosurgeons, and interventional neuroradiologists, placing them among the leaders in the Rocky Mountain region.
Our stroke team includes:
- Neurologists and Neurosurgeons available 24/7 for stroke alerts and life-saving interventional or surgical procedures.
- Emergency room registered nurses (RN's) specially trained in rapid response stroke protocols who work closely with EMS to assure the fastest possible treatment
- Intensive Care Unit (ICU) RN's are specially trained in the assessment and care of stroke patients.
- Case managers available to assist families with decision making, rehabilitation placement options, insurance questions and arranging transportation after discharge
- Chaplains available to help provide spiritual and emotional support for families and patients.