MMC is an active participant in the Remote Evaluation for Acute Ischemic Stroke (REACH) program with Augusta University Medical Center in Augusta. The program allows stroke patients within smaller communities to have increased access to stroke specialists.
Through the use of a telemedicine technology, stroke specialists at the Augusta University Medical Center can look at and talk to the possible stroke patient as they are in our emergency department. This remote evaluation assists MMC staff with diagnosing an ischemic stroke (caused by a blood clot in the arteries of the brain) and determines if the patient is a good candidate for the clot buster drug, Alteplase. Although Alteplase is not an option for hemorrhagic strokes (bleeding in the brain) the stroke specialists are able to offer expertise in their management.