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Douglas County Hospital’s TeleStroke program uses a camera, monitor and computer on wheels – a setup that looks a lot like a robot – to connect with a neurologist at St. Cloud Hospital. Within five to 10 minutes of a patient arriving at the emergency room, the neurologist can begin evaluating a patient suffering a stroke here in Alexandria and coordinating care with the local emergency room physician. (Amy Chaffins/Echo Press)

New way of treating strokes buys more time

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Time is critical when someone is suffering a stroke and Douglas County Hospital (DCH) staff is using technology to save time and improve a patient’s outcome.


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Amy Chaffins
Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz
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