Gilmore now offers specialized service for stroke patients

ALICE ORTIZ/BUY AT PHOTOS.MONROECOUNTYJOURNAL.COM Dr. Chris Tidwell, medical director and department chairman of emergency medicine at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center, looks over the new Specialists on Call telemedicine machine that is being used for neurological diagnosis at the hospital.

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Dr. Chris Tidwell, medical director and department chairman of emergency medicine at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center, looks over the new Specialists on Call telemedicine machine that is being used for neurological diagnosis at the hospital.

AMORY – Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center can now provide on-demand 24/7 access to neurologists for stroke patients through a partnership with Specialists On Call, Inc.
“Our hospital and community now will have a world class team of board certified neurologists who will work with our hospital to provide the best care for neurological emergencies,” said Dr. Chris Tidwell, medical director and department chairman of emergency medicine at Gilmore Memorial.
Through the use of teleneurology, local physicians and Specialists on Call’s board-certified neurologists will deliver neurologists directly to the bedside of stroke patients or other neurological emergencies via telemedicine.
“In a perfect world, all types of doctors would be available at all medical facilities but this is not a perfect world,” Tidwell said. “Stroke is a ‘brain attack’ and time is very important. Our goal in the ER is to have labs, CAT Scans all done within 45 minutes. The teleneurology machine can be taken to any room in the hospital.”
The new technology will enable the hospital to take better care of their patients.
Local physicians and the neurologists will be able to make a joint decision quickly to ensure patients are receiving proper care.
“One Saturday afternoon, we had a patient come into the ER and we were able to do the nursing, exam, labs, CT and neurological assessment all within one hour,” he said. “Specialists on Call are a vital part of our team at Gilmore.”
Tidwell wanted to make people aware of some signs of stroke including weakness, speech problems, the inability to walk and vision problems.
“There is a whole spectrum of symptoms for stroke,” said Tidwell. “You know your family member better than I do. If you suspect stroke, have them checked out.”