From the Winter 2017 issue of AtlanticView:
A Q&A with Stephanie Bloom Schwartz, President of Chilton Medical Center
Q: Why is Chilton Medical Center regarded as a hospital with superior emergency services?
As a member of Atlantic Health System, Chilton Medical Center provides expert emergency care 24/7, as well as ready access to the full breadth of advanced services offered by the region’s top hospitals, Morristown and Overlook medical centers and Goryeb Children’s Hospital.
Our emergency services have been a regional leader in rapid intervention for stroke patients. This is critical since, when it comes to stroke, time can literally mean the difference between life and death.
Q: How is Chilton Medical Center leading the way in advanced stroke care?
When called to a stroke emergency, paramedics serving the Chilton community carry a two-way, video-equipped portable device into the transporting ambulance, connecting the patient with a stroke neurologist through the Atlantic Neuroscience Institute at Overlook Medical Center.
The teleneurologist is able to conduct a rapid neurological evaluation before the patient even arrives at Chilton’s emergency room. This process can reduce the time it takes to treat the stroke by up to 15 minutes, estimated to save approximately 30 million brain cells.
Q: What is the benefit of Chilton partnering with Atlantic Neuroscience Institute?
Chilton’s own excellent neurologists work seamlessly with Atlantic Neuroscience Institute’s expert subspecialists to provide state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment of the full range of neurological diseases, including stroke, brain aneurysms, brain tumors, epilepsy, neuromuscular disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and spine disorders.
This offers Chilton patients access to a full range of advanced services, including clinical research and ongoing education regarding the signs, symptoms and treatment of neurological disorders.