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The StrokeCareNow Network aims to bring state of the art care for patients suffering from acute stroke.

The StrokeCareNow Network (SCNN) is the first network of its kind in Indiana. Using telemedicine, the SCNN makes the expertise of the physicians of the Fort Wayne Neurological Center (FWNC) "virtually" available to all stroke patients in "real time" who are cared for in participating network hospitals in the regions of Northern Indiana and Northwestern Ohio.

The concept was spearheaded by the physicians of the FWNC, the leading provider for advanced neurological care in Fort Wayne, in collaboration with the leadership of the Parkview Health System and the Lutheran Health Network.

Dr. Mueller
Parkview Hospital's 3-D biplane angiography system used for NeuroInterventional procedures.

In March of 2007 telemedicine was first offered in the Parkview community hospitals. On May 16th, 2008 the Parkview Health System and Lutheran Health Network and FWNC announced their unique cooperation to improve stroke care in the region.

The StrokeCareNow Network has since quickly grown to 21 hospitals. The network hospitals have been specially trained in the detection and management of acute stroke and use the same treatment protocols as the hub hospitals (Parkview Hospital and Lutheran Hospital).

With the formation of the first NeuroInterventional Service in this region, we are now able to quickly transfer eligible patients who do not qualify for or have failed intra-venous treatment of stroke to Parkview Hospital and Lutheran Hospital using the EMS and Samaritan and Lutheran Air systems.

The StrokeCareNow Network allows us to offer intra-arterial stroke treatment for patients who previously had no other treatment options.

Mission:

The StrokeCareNow Network’s mission:

  • to advance public awareness about stroke, its risk factors and signs and on how to access the network hospitals.
  • to provide telemedicine neurological consultations in regional hospitals that do not have neurological expertise and assist in triage, review of CT and initial local management before treatment or transfer.
  • to improve use of intravenous thrombolysis in local hospitals in our region and reduce time to treatment.
  • to improve patient access to intra-arterial thrombolysis/thrombectomy up to 8 hours or more after onset of symptoms.
  • to promote the research and understanding of physiologic brain imaging with CT perfusion and CT angiography in triage for interventional therapy - beyond the conventional time window of 3 hours.