WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As recently as a couple years ago, stroke patients could not get the care they needed at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.
“This hospital sees over a thousand stroke admissions a year so it’s extremely necessary for us to be able to do this and actually do it very well,” said Dr. Vinodh Doss, an osteopathic physician at NHRMC.
Patients suffering from stroke and other cerebrovascular emergencies are now covered 24/7 in southeastern North Carolina. NHRMC has expanded its endovascular stroke program, so now patients do not have to leave the area to get treatment.
“Anybody with a large vessel occlusion in this region can be treated in a very timely fashion,” Dr. Doss said. “We no longer have to transfer these patients out, sometimes that adds delays, obviously, and inherently, worse outcomes with those type of delays.”
Before the arrival of Dr. Doss a year ago, stroke patients would have to be transferred to the Triangle to get treatment.
This change isn’t just great for the patients, but also their families as well.
“Having them there in the hospital and not having to travel and having us near the rehab facility if they need that, these are all key features to having a program here in the community,” Dr. Doss said.
Dr. Jeffrey Beecher has joined Dr. Doss on the stroke treatment team, making 24/7 coverage possible. Dr. Doss says that he’s been happy with the results of the program since Dr. Beecher’s arrival in January.
“Now, as we build this, Dr. Beecher and I have this well-covered and we’re very happy with the volume that we’re seeing and the teamwork we’re establishing with each other,” Dr. Doss said.
The hospital has also implemented new guidelines from the American Stroke Association for clot-removal treatment.