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USDA Grant Will Expand Remote Stroke Treatment System

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a $250,000 grant to Providence Health & Services.

The money will be used to expand a system that allows doctors in Portland to treat stroke patients remotely using Internet teleconferencing. 

Vicki Walker is state director for USDA Rural Development Oregon.

She says the system is a time-critical way to connect neurologists to remote medical teams that might not have people with similar training on staff.

She says Providence established the system it calls Telestroke last year.  14 hospitals around the state already have the technology.

“And so here we are now adding to that.  And adding access to all of these families who live in these communities so they can get the same kind of health care treatment that those of us who live in metropolitan areas can receive,” Walker says.

The funds will provide the technology for five hospitals in Central and Eastern Oregon.

The grant is provided through USDA’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program.

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