How the OhioHealth Stroke Network works…


The OhioHealth Stroke Network uses advanced telemedicine to connect emergency teams at community hospitals to specialists in critical care and stroke at our OhioHealth facilities in Columbus, Ohio. So your patients get the advantages of local, immediate care, plus expert guidance and cutting-edge treatment. This network approach ensures the highest quality of care and best possible outcomes for your critical patients.


How the Stroke Network works:

When your EMS team arrives with a patient showing symptoms of a stroke, they will be met by a clinical team that will examine the patient and run initial tests. Depending on the test results and the type of stroke, an appropriate care plan will be determined. Emergency doctors and nurses at the local level will provide direct care for the patient. They will connect with OhioHealth stroke specialists and an on-call neurologist for additional evaluation and guidance, using the innovative REACH Call™ telestroke application via mobile cart. This equipment gives the local team an extra set of eyes to help evaluate the patient’s specific situation and provide the correct course of action as immediately as possible. After the initial exams and tests are completed, the team will decide if the patient should remain at the local hospital or be transferred to an OhioHealth Primary Stroke Center: Riverside Methodist Hospital or Grant Medical Center.


Either way, know that there is a team of experts–the OhioHealth Stroke Network– on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, working to care for the members of your community.