REACH MUSC Program -Telestroke Program
MUSC’s stroke team provides urgent consultations at select hospitals in South Carolina through a Web-based outreach initiative called REACH MUSC.
"REACH" stands for Remote Evaluation of Acute ischemic Stroke.
This potentially life-saving network connects partnering hospitals with immediate, round-the-clock access to MUSC's stroke care experts, who can remotely provide urgent consultations after virtually examining patients and brain imaging studies.
Many rural, community medical centers have stroke patients arrive in their emergency department, but don't have a neurologist on staff or do not have enough neurologists provide an around-the-clock stroke team capable of rapid stroke evaluation and treatment.
REACH MUSC was created to provide urgent evaluation and treatment at outlying hospitals and if needed transfer patients to MUSC for additional diagnosis and treatment.
The REACH MUSC program is a part of the SmartState SC Centers of Economic Excellence Program. The Stroke Center of Economic Excellence program is focused on reducing the incidence of stroke and augmenting provision of acute stroke care in South Carolina.
With the activation of the REACH Network, more than 56% of the South Carolina population is now with-in a 60 minute drive of tPA treatment compared with only 38% prior. As of March 1, 2011 the MUSC REACH program had provided expert consultative care to more than 1,000 stroke patients in South Carolina.
REACH MUSC Patient Stories:
Our Current REACH MUSC partners are:
Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center Hartsville, SC
Coastal Carolina Hospital, Hardeeville, SC
Georgetown Memorial Hospital, Georgetown, SC
Kershaw County Medical Center, Camden, SC
Loris Community Health, Loris, SC
Marion Regional Health System, Mullins, SC
McLeod Regional Medical Center, Florence, SC
McLeod Medical Center, Dillon, SC
Piedmont Medical Center, Rock Hill, SC
Seacoast Medical Center, Little River, SC
Self Regional Healthcare, Greenwood, SC
Waccamaw Community Hospital, Murrells Inlet, SC
Williamsburg Regional Hospital, Kingstree, SC