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Metro Health Partners with Holland Hospital to Fight Stroke

In the event of a stroke, rapid treatment is essential. In partnership with Metro Health – University of Michigan Health (becoming University of Michigan Health-West), Holland Hospital now offers Neurothrombectomy along the lakeshore. Neurothrombectomy is a life-saving procedure that involves the surgical removal of a blood clot from a blood vessel in the brain and is used to treat acute strokes in certain situations.

“Stroke patients who needed this procedure in the past have been transferred to Grand Rapids area hospitals.” said Melissa Spooner, emergency and urgent care services director and procedure planning team leader. “Minimizing the time to treatment is vital for stroke patients, so being able to do these procedures right here further strengthens our stroke treatment capabilities and is a significant benefit for the community,” she added.

With this partnership we bring the expertise of Metro Health’s Comprehensive Stroke Center to patients along the lakeshore,” said Dr. Augusto Elias, neurointerventional radiologist, Metro Health – University of Michigan Health. “When it comes to stroke, time is brain. Every second counts to limit the risk of brain damage or death.”

Over the past year, the multidisciplinary team of Holland Hospital and Metro Health experts have worked together to prepare to perform these procedures in the Cath Lab Special Procedures Room at Holland Hospital. The detailed planning process has touched on every aspect of care from facilities and equipment to treatment protocols, and more.

“When a patient at Holland Hospital is determined to be a candidate for the procedure, Metro Health neurointerventional radiologists receive an alert and consult remotely with our ED staff,” Spooner said. “Upon confirmation, our team will begin preparations and be ready when the Metro Health  specialists arrive on site.”

“We are very excited about this valuable collaboration with Metro Health,” said Patti VanDort, senior vice president and chief nursing officer.  “We look forward to working together as we continue to provide the most effective and timely stroke care for area residents.”

It is anticipated that approximately 10% of ischemic stroke patients (stroke caused by a blood vessel blockage) will be candidates for neurothrombectomy – or about 25 patients per year.

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