The University of Kansas Health System and Newman Regional Health (Newman) have partnered to provide Newman emergency room physicians with around the clock access to our health system’s comprehensive stroke care. Using mobile two-way audio and video equipment called a Robot, ER physicians at Newman can connect with our stroke neurologists immediately in real time via a secure internet link to provide Newman physicians with the same access to neuro-specialists as ER physicians in Kansas City.
The neuro-specialist has the ability to manipulate and turn the camera on the robot to scan the entirety of a room and with the help of the ER physician can assess and interview the patient and talk with family members and other care providers just as if the specialist was in the room. Once a patient presents to the emergency department, a phone call is made to the on-call stroke neurologist at our health system for a consultation request. A CT scan at Newman is the first step and then the robot is brought to the bedside of the patient while the stroke neurologist logs on to the system.
The neurologist will visually examine the patient and look at images from the CT scan and together with the ER physician in Emporia will develop a coordinated plan of care. This may include administration of clot busting drugs and transferring or admitting the patient. Goal of this partnership is to provide care that is in the best interest of patients and their families, to determine the best routes of care and strive to keep patient’s care local, including rehabilitation services.
Kevin recommends the experts at The University of Kansas Health System to those seeking new options in controlling the symptoms of essential tremor.
Kevin Dickerson is an electrician from Topeka diagnosed with Essential Tremor. As day to day functions became more and more difficult he sought answers at The University of Kansas Health System after seeing one of the television commercials.
From there Kevin begun the path to treatment that would lead to DBS surgery. Kevin actually had a more modern DBS device implanted. "While DBS has been in use for more than 20 years, the latest technology with its additional leads allows us to be more exact than ever in placing leads into the brain," explains neurologist and movement disorder specialist Rajesh Pahwa, MD, program director of The University of Kansas Health System's nationally recognized Parkinson's Disease Center of Excellence.
"We used to view the brain in four quadrants, but the new technology allows us to view it in eight sections, better targeting the area of the brain causing the tremor and avoiding delivering electricity to healthy tissue. We have unprecedented control and focus." Read Kevin’s full story here.
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On November 22nd, our Coin Toss Captain, Reggie Peoples and his Neurosurgeon, Dr. Roukoz Chamoun, appeared on the KCTV5 Better Kansas City morning show. They discussed Reggie’s brain tumor diagnosis, minimally invasive surgery to remove his tumor and Reggie’s awesome dancing skills 24 hours after brain surgery. Click here to watch the segment.
"It's no fun going through the battle of finding the right treatment," Paige says. "But if you think Botox might be a good option for you, I say go for it. In high school, I'd just stay home because of the pain. Now going to class, hanging out with friends, just being pain-free and med-free, it's an amazing feeling."
Throughout high school Paige enjoyed your everyday activities like playing sports and hanging out with friends. Paige suffered from chronic migraines which proved to be an obstacle and caused many challenges. In a recent patient interview her mom, Kim, mentioned she couldn't send her daughter off to her first year of college knowing she would be incapacitated by these headaches like she was in high school. That is when Kim heard of Botox for migraines and Paige’s care led her to an appointment with Dr. Deetra Ford. Click here to read her full story
"I have had great luck with this team," he says. "The doctors and nurses have gone out of their way to do everything they can to make my surgery and ongoing care smooth and successful. Always start with your local doctor, but know that you can be referred to expert specialists when you're ready for the next level of care."