An 88-year-old woman was going about her day when the right side of her body felt weak and she was suddenly unable to speak — the signs of a massive stroke. She was in Dublin, Georgia, a small town in the middle of the state, and was sent to her local hospital, Fairview Park Hospital, where she received initial treatment. When the need arose for her to receive more specialized care, a helicopter transported her to Augusta University’s Comprehensive Stroke Center, the first of only four in the state and second in the region. After she recovered, she returned to Fairview Park Hospital to begin rehabilitation close to home.
Before Remote Evaluation for Acute Ischemic Stroke (REACH), none of this would’ve been possible.