Advanced Stroke Care Comes to North Hawaii
Posted on Thursday, December 17, 2015

Stroke patients arriving at the Emergency Department at North Hawaii Community Hospital will now have almost instant access to state-of-the-art stroke treatment thanks to integrated technology provided by The Queen’s Health Systems.

“This new stroke treatment program allows patients to be evaluated and treated by stroke experts while staying at their local hospital in their own community,” said Matthew Koenig, M.D., Program Director of Telehealth/Telemedicine at The Queen’s Health Systems, and Clinical Director of the Hawaiian Islands Regional Stroke Network. Dr. Koenig, who was at North Hawaii Community Hospital this week providing training to staff, further explained, “North Hawaii Community Hospital is the first hospital in the state to use brand new telecommunications technology that links directly into the network at Queen's Medical Center.”

When minutes count, having access to stroke neurologists can save patients from significant loss of brain function. This top-level expertise is now available 24/7 for people who come to North Hawaii Community Hospital Emergency Department.

“This new protocol, with North Hawaii Community Hospital working together with The Queen’s Medical Center, means that we are able to provide the highest quality service to our patients at an extremely critical time,” said Gary Goldberg, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, North Hawaii Community Hospital.

Stroke is the leading cause of chronic disability in adults and the third leading cause of death in Hawaii. Treatment is available with clot buster medications but only if patients quickly arrive in the Emergency Department.

The most common symptoms of stroke are sudden onset of weakness or numbness on one side of the body, sudden onset of speech or language problems, and sudden onset of balance problems or difficulty walking. If you see these symptoms, immediately call 9-1-1.