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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

JERSEY SHORE, Pa. – Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital recently added Telestroke and Teleneurology technologies to optimize timely care for emergency room, critical and acute care patients.

This technology allows Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital physicians to have around-the-clock access to Geisinger neurologists via real-time, two-way audio and high-definition video communication and advanced diagnostic tools.

Telestroke allows Geisinger Jersey Shore emergency room doctors to quickly connect with neurologists at Geisinger Medical Center to help diagnosis and begin treatment for a patient suffering from a stroke. According to the American Stroke Association, 120 million brain cells die every hour during a stroke, so receiving prompt care is essential for a better outcome.
 
“Telemedicine technology allows us to bring stroke neurologists from Geisinger Medical Center into Jersey Shore’s emergency department seamlessly when needed to consult and assist with patient care,” said Neil Holland, M.D., chair of neurology in the Geisinger Neuroscience Institute.

Geisinger Medical Center is designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. It is north-central Pennsylvania’s only Comprehensive Stroke Center, the highest level of stroke center certification awarded.

Immediate treatment after a stroke occurs is critical to maximize the patient’s recovery. The virtual exam through Telestroke helps determine what treatment is administered in the emergency department, as well as follow-up care.

“Having Telemedicine technologies here at Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital is an incredible benefit to the community,” said Dr. Jason Schauer, emergency department physician at Geisinger Jersey Shore. “Stroke specialists at Geisinger Medical Center can examine and help care for our patients. By working together with our physicians here, we can better diagnose conditions and develop care plans.”

Through Teleneurology, Geisinger Jersey Shore physicians connect and consult with Geisinger neurologists, including those specializing in movement disorders and general neurology care.

About Geisinger
Geisinger is among the nation’s leading providers of value-based care, serving 1.2 million people in urban and rural communities across Pennsylvania. Founded in 1915 by philanthropist Abigail Geisinger, the non-profit system generates $10 billion in annual revenues across 134 care sites - including 10 hospital campuses, and Geisinger Health Plan, with 600,000 members in commercial and government plans. The Geisinger College of Health Sciences educates more than 5,000 medical professionals annually and conducts more than 1,400 clinical research studies. With 26,000 employees, including 1,600 employed physicians, Geisinger is among Pennsylvania’s largest employers with an estimated economic impact of $14 billion to the state’s economy. On March 31, 2024, Geisinger became the first member of Risant Health, a new nonprofit charitable organization created to expand and accelerate value-based care across the country.  Learn more at geisinger.org or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X.

 
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