St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital: Michigan Stroke Network Launch/Press Conference
Across Michigan, hospitals are scrambling to secure physicians in a number of practice areas. According to an occupational forecast report released by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth, by 2012 there will be a shortage of 430 physicians statewide.
There are an estimated 200,000 people in Michigan living with the effects of a stroke. According to the American Heart Association, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and the foremost cause of long-term disability cases.
While many of Michigan’s hospitals have neuroendovascular (stroke) specialists on staff, others cannot support a dedicated stroke expert available around the clock. To offset limited access to quality physicians and resources, hospitals – particularly those in remote areas – are turning to new strategies and innovations such as telemedicine.