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Revolutionizing Rural Stroke Care

Thursday, June 6, 2024

A groundbreaking innovation exists at the Medina Regional Hospital Emergency Department that can transform the lives of stroke patients. A state-of-the-art telestroke robot revolutionizes the way stroke care is delivered.

Stroke is a leading cause of death and long-term disability, and the speed of treatment is crucial. In fact, every 3 minutes and 14 seconds, someone in the United States dies from a stroke. Many more suffer life-altering deficits impacting their ability for independence and self-care. In rural areas, where access to specialized care may be limited, the telestroke robot is a game-changer. It provides 24/7 access to stroke experts, ensuring that patients receive the best possible care without delay. Chief Nursing Officer, Rebecca Deen states, “Identifying a stroke quickly is a vital component of what treatment options a patient will have. The telestroke robot allows board certified neurologists to virtually consult with patients and local physicians in real time.”

The InTouch Vici telestroke robot is equipped with video and audio capabilities, allowing specialists to assess patients, review scans, and collaborate with on-site medical staff to recommend treatment plans. This immediate access to expert advice can be the difference between full recovery and long-term disability.

For the residents of Medina County, the telestroke robot represents more than just advanced technology; it’s a beacon of hope. It promises improved outcomes for stroke patients and a new level of care that was previously out of reach for many rural communities.

“As Medina Healthcare System looks to the future and continues to integrate new and innovative technology, healthcare options for the communities we serve will continue to improve and expand. The telestroke robot is not just a tool, it’s a symbol of progress, equality in healthcare, and the promise of a healthier future for all,” states Billie Bell, Chief Executive Officer.

To learn more about the telestroke robot, stroke program, or to schedule a tour, please contact us on our website at or call Lupita Hernandez, Emergency Department Director at 830.426.7780.