Specialists On Call Expands Emergency Neurology On-Call Services in North Carolina

February 23, 2010

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ — Specialists On Call, Inc. (SOC), the nation’s leading private teleneurology company, announced today that its ongoing expansion will include providing emergency on-call services to Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital. This agreement will deliver immediate 24/7 access to board certified, fellowship trained neurologists to North Carolina’s most critical neurology patients via telemedicine.

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Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital is a 220 bed facility serving Elkin and surrounding areas. The hospital typically sees about 115 stroke patients each year and SOC’s teleneurology service guarantees those patients immediate and around the clock access to a select cadre of board certified neurologists. Hugh Chatham is the first North Carolina hospital to launch the teleneurology service as part of the regional stroke network built by Forsyth Medical Center’s Stroke & Neurosciences Center and SOC.

The CEO of Hugh Chatham, David Loving, remarked, “We are extremely proud to be a part of this stroke network. With Forsyth Medical Center’s Stoke and Neurosciences Center and Specialists On Call we have enhanced our emergency neurology capabilities and can now simply do more for our stroke patients or patients with any other neurologic emergency.”

Specialists On Call already provides teleneurology services to hospitals in eight other states and has conducted more than 12,000 consultations via telemedicine since the company’s inception. Their reliability and performance has earned them both a leadership position within the telemedicine industry as well as the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval.

Dr. Chere Chase, Medical Director of Stroke and Neurocritical Care at Forsyth Medical Center, added, “This program combines the vast resources of FMC’s nationally certified, award-winning stroke center with some of the country’s leading private practice and academic neuroscience physicians. It allows Hugh Chatham and other community hospitals in the Carolinas and Virginia to have access to an expert level of comprehensive stroke and neurological care not available at any single medical center in the country.”

Dr. Joe Peterson, CEO, commented, “We’re thrilled to be working with Hugh Chatham and Forsyth Medical Center. Together we’ll strengthen emergency care for acute neurology patients and make a real difference throughout the state. With this stroke network supporting local ED and inpatient physicians, North Carolina’s rural and suburban hospitals are able to treat neurologic emergencies and stroke patients with greater efficiency and effectiveness. The clinical and financial benefits of our teleneurology service are clear – patients get immediate help from the specialty physicians they need and hospitals get to treat more patients.”

Specialists On Call is a private, physician led telemedicine company that provides access to neurologists through a consolidated infrastructure of people and technology. With offices in Los Angeles and Washington, DC, SOC is committed to extending access to professional on-call specialty physician support to patients in all settings and geographies. For more information please contact Clark Wells at wells@soctelemed.com, or 866-483-9690.

SOURCE Specialists On Call, Inc.

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