QHC was asked to represent the ‘central Canadian perspective’ at the National Telestroke Summit in Moncton New Brunswick earlier this month. The event, sponsored by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of New Brunswick, was attended by over 100 health care professionals, administrators, government officials, project facilitators, technology specialists and stroke leaders from every province in Canada. The event was planned to continue to raise awareness of the benefits of various aspects of telestroke (telerehab, telestroke for tPA, telespeech, teleprevention) and to bring together key stakeholders from across the county to share experiences and gain insight into how to further adopt this technology across Canada.
“Ontario is, by far, setting the gold standard for telestroke services for tPA delivery in Canada – and QHC, as the second busiest telestroke centre in the Province, is a shining example of this technology being used successfully in more rural areas where patients might not normally have access to specialty services such as those that are available at larger centres,” says Christanne Lewis, Co-ordinator of the Quinte District Stroke Centre at QHC.
After telling the QHC telestroke story and facilitating the main event, Dr. Samis reflected, “Events such as these are a great opportunity to shine light on the phenomenal work being done at QHC for hyperacute stroke. There was a lot of interest in our experience and expertise with telestroke. National recognition for a community hospital program is exceptional and QHC physicians, administrators and staff should all be very proud of their stroke program.”