Holland Hospital and Metro Well being partnership to combat stroke

To enable quick response to stroke, Holland Hospital and Metro Health, the University of Michigan health care system, have teamed up to provide a stroke-focused medical procedure.

Neurothrombectomy is a life-saving procedure used to treat acute stroke and involves the surgical removal of a blood clot from a blood vessel. Over the past year, Holland Hospital’s multidisciplinary team and Metro Health experts worked together to prepare for these procedures to be performed in the Holland Hospital’s Cath Lab Special Procedures Room.

“Stroke patients who have had this procedure in the past have been transferred to hospitals in the Grand Rapids area,” said Melissa Spooner, director of emergency and emergency services and procedural planning team leader at Holland Hospital.

“For stroke patients, minimizing the time to treatment is critical, so having these procedures right here strengthens our stroke management skills and is a significant benefit to the community.”

“With this partnership, we are bringing the expertise of Metro Health’s Comprehensive Stroke Center to patients along the lakeshore,” said Dr. Augusto Elias, neurointerventional radiologist, Metro Health – University of Michigan Health. “When it comes to strokes, time is the brain. Every second counts to limit the risk of brain damage or death. “

The detailed planning process has touched every aspect of care, from facilities and equipment to treatment protocols and more.

“When a patient at Holland Hospital is designated as a candidate for the procedure, Metro Health neurointerventionalists receive an alert and consult remotely with our ED staff,” said Spooner. “After confirmation, our team will begin the preparations and be ready when the specialists from Metro Health arrive on site.”

“We are very excited about this valuable collaboration with Metro Health,” said Patti VanDort, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Holland Hospital. “We look forward to working together to continue providing the most effective and timely stroke care to residents in the area.”

It is expected that about 10 percent of patients with ischemic stroke (stroke caused by a blockage of blood vessels) will be candidates for neurothrombectomy – or about 25 patients per year.

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