WMMC Launches Tele-Neurology Partnership
with Research Medical Center
Warrensburg, MO (February 12, 2019) — Western Missouri Medical Center (WMMC) is pleased to announce the launch of the tele-neurology program on Feb. 5, 2019, which was made possible through a partnership with Research Medical Center, part of HCA Midwest Health, the region’s leading healthcare provider.
Patients and caregivers at WMMC now have 24-hour, on-call access to award-winning, leading stroke and neuroscience experts through TeleStroke at Research Medical Center. A neurologist will be able to assess and monitor a patients’ heart rate, breath sounds, observe mobility in arms and legs, and check vision and hearing via a telemedicine robot.
“The first 60 minutes following a stroke, referred to as the ‘golden hour’ are crucial,” said Darinda Reberry, WMMC President and Chief Executive Officer. “As a designated Level III Stroke Center, WMMC is a referral center, meaning that we are equipped to provide life-saving treatment during that ‘golden hour’ instead of patients spending that time going to the city for stroke care. With that addition of a tele-neurology program, we are improving access to specialist care to continue providing vital care during critical moments.”
“It takes an accomplished team of professionals working together to ensure that more people not just survive a stroke, but recover with as few lasting complications as possible,” says Research Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Jackie DeSouza-Van Blaricum. “Every second counts when it comes to a stroke and Research Medical Center is proud to deliver world-class technology and neurological resources through the TeleStroke Network to Western Missouri Medical Center and its patients. It’s an important partnership that overcomes geography and transportation with reliable technology.”
For more information about WMMC’s Tele-Health programs including stroke care, visit WMMC.com.
About Western Missouri Medical Center
Western Missouri Medical Center (WMMC) is a fully-accredited acute care county medical center located in Warrensburg, MO. WMMC prides itself in emergency care, obstetrics, orthopedic and general surgery, family healthcare, internal medicine, outpatient clinics, ambulatory care, rehabilitation services and more. Inpatient services include medical, surgical, intensive, obstetrical, orthopedic, pediatric and skilled nursing care, as well as a wide range of therapeutic and diagnostic outpatient services. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Learn more at WMMC.com.
About HCA Midwest Health
HCA Midwest Health is the Kansas City area’s leading healthcare provider consisting of seven hospitals, outpatient centers, clinics, physician practices, surgery centers and an array of other services to meet the healthcare needs of the greater Kansas City area. HCA Midwest Health is also one of the area’s largest private sector employers with more than 9,000 employees, the largest provider of charity and uncompensated care, and annually donates more than $1.2 million to local charities. Since April 2003, HCA Midwest Health has invested more than $845 million to enhance and expand patient services and has paid more than $216 million in taxes to local communities. HCA Midwest Health facilities serving the Kansas City area include Belton Regional Medical Center, Centerpoint Medical Center, Lafayette Regional Health Center, Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Research Medical Center and Research Psychiatric Center. Midwest Physicians, which is part of HCA Midwest Health, is a network of experienced, multi-specialty physicians located throughout the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area. HCA Midwest Health offers the most advanced care for the mother and baby(ies), caring for more babies than any other health system in the region which includes four dedicated birthing centers and Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) at Centerpoint Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center and Research Medical Center. Unique to the HCA Midwest Health services, is the life-saving, Whole Body Cooling System at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. The physicians and staff at HCA Midwest Health team are dedicated to improving healthcare in the Greater Kansas City and outlying areas. For more information, visit hcamidwest.com.
About Research Medical Center
Research Medical Center (RMC)—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—serves patients by providing quality healthcare services and access to advanced technology. The hospital, located at 2316 East Meyer Boulevard in Kansas City, Missouri, is one of the region’s leading acute care hospitals. The 590-bed facility features a broad range of specialized, state-of-the-art services including a Level I Trauma Center and Level 1 Time Critical Diagnosis services for stroke, brain and spinal cord injury, heart attack and sepsis. Research is home to the region’s first accredited stroke center. Other services include the TIA Clinic, Grossman Burn Center, Liver and Pancreas Institute, Sarah Cannon Cancer
Institute, 24-hour Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospitalists and Emergency Room, Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Transplant Institute, fertility specialists, Center for the Relief of
Pain, orthopedics, sports medicine and much more. In addition, the 25-acre Research Brookside Campus, located at 6601 Rockhill Road in Kansas City, Mo., includes an outpatient surgery center, many specialty physicians and a comprehensive health and fitness center. Research Medical Center and the Brookside Campus provide 24-hour access to Emergency Services and have many primary care and walk-in care providers who offer preventive and wellness services. For more information about Research Medical Center, visit researchmedicalcenter.com and researchbrookside.com.
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About Western Missouri Medical Center
Western Missouri Medical Center (WMMC) is a fully-accredited acute care county medical center located in Warrensburg, MO. WMMC prides itself in emergency care, obstetrics, orthopedic and general surgery, family healthcare, internal medicine, outpatient clinics, ambulatory care, rehabilitation services and more. Inpatient services include medical, surgical, intensive, obstetrical, orthopedic, pediatric and skilled nursing care, as well as a wide range of therapeutic and diagnostic outpatient services. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Learn more at WMMC.com
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