Caldwell Memorial Joins Wake Forest Baptist Telestroke Network

In October 2010, Caldwell Memorial (CMH) made history by bringing telemedicine to Caldwell County as part of The Wake Forest Baptist Telestroke Network – the first of its kind in North Carolina. The Network is part of the pioneering work being done in stroke treatment, diagnostic technologies and improved outcomes at the internationally-known Comprehensive Stroke Center at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (WFUBMC). The goal of the program is to reduce death and disability caused by stokes, a major health issues in Caldwell County and throughout North Carolina.

Telemedicine is a process that allows a stroke specialist from WFUBMC to connect and consult with physicians at Caldwell Memorial via two-way live video, audio, and image-sharing technology. This is made possible through the InTouch mobile communications platform RP-7 Robot. The robot can move around freely and interact with patients, family members and hospital staff at CMH.

“It is with great pleasure that I announce the launching of the Telestroke Network between Caldwell Memorial Hospital and Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center,” said Laura Easton, CMH President and CEO. “Caldwell Memorial is proud to be among the first community hospitals to implement this program with WFUBMC. The Telestroke Network provides our patients rapid access to stroke experts and to the latest state-of-the-art stroke therapies and interventions.

“Bringing telemedicine to Caldwell County is one of the many ways that Caldwell Memorial is providing our patients with the quality healthcare that they trust and the caring that they deserve,” Easton added. “We recognize the importance of this new trend in specialist medicine and we are excited to partner with Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center to make it a reality for our community.”



By the Numbers:

United States:

  • Each year 795,000 strokes occur.
  • Stroke is the third most common cause of the death in the U.S. each year.
  • Stroke is the number one leading cause of disability and hospitalization.

North Carolina:

  • Age-adjusted death rate from stroke is twice as high as the national average at 61.1%
  • NC has the 5th-highest incidence of stroke in the U.S.

Caldwell County:

  • Caldwell County is well above the state average with a death rate of 70.3%.
  • Caldwell County ranks 20th of all the counties in N.C. in stroke death rate.
  • 2000-2004: Stroke is Caldwell County’s third leading cause of death.

You don't want to be a stroke survivor if you don’t have to! Prevention is the key. You can help prevent a stroke by getting screened and knowing your numbers.

Ask your healthcare provider about these key numbers to know:

  • Body Composition
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Waist Circumference
  • Total Cholesterol plus
    • LDL Cholesterol
    • HDL Cholesterol
  • Triglycerides
  • Blood Pressure
  • Blood Sugar

REMEMBER: If you suspect someone is having a stroke, remember that stroke is a medical emergency. Here are some things that the North Carolina Stroke Association recommends you do for a quick screening of potential stroke victims.

1. Ask them to smile.

2. Ask them to raise both arms.

3. Ask them to speak a simple sentence.

4. Call 911 immediately if they have difficulty with any of these tasks.

It is for just such medical emergencies that The Wake Forest Baptist Telestroke Network has come to Caldwell Memorial.

This information is not meant to provide medical advice on any personal health issues. Personal medical advice should be obtained only from a physician. If you need a personal physician, please call our Physician Information Line at 757-5571 for the names and numbers of providers to contact.