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Allina and Cuyuna Regional Medical Center are partners in stroke treatment

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Robb Pastor, director of hospital nursing at CRMC in Crosby, demonstrated the robot that allows stroke experts at Abbott Northwestern to examine patients at the CRMC emergency room.

[Brainerd Dispatch, May 25, 2011] Stroke can lead to death, but that doesn’t mean it has to. During May, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center has been working to promote awareness about the risk factors, symptoms and prevention of stroke. The CRMC stroke team hopes that increased public awareness will help reduce current stroke statistics.

Paula Heinonen, CRMC stroke team leader and Care manager,  said it’s important for people to know the symptoms associated with stroke and take serious, immediate action. “The tendency is for people to not want to cry wolf,” Heinonen said. “It’s your life we’re talking about. There’s no reason to take a chance.”

CRMC’s partnership with Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis allows stroke patients treated in Crosby access to 24-hour care from stroke experts. The Allina Telehealth network, launched in March provides stroke neurologists in Minneapolis with real-time assessments of stroke patients in CRMC’s emergency care.

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