Providence receives $253,000 grant to expand telestroke network

December 08, 2011
Providence Brain and Spine Institute will expand its telestroke network to five critical access hospitals in eastern and central Oregon, thanks to a $253,000 federal grant. The funds from the U. S. Department of Agriculture will give thousands of people in rural areas instant access to lifesaving treatment from Providence experts 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Providence Telestroke Network currently connects stroke experts at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center and Providence Portland Medical Center to 14 communities outside of Portland. See interactive map. The telestroke network has been used to treat more than 1,000 patients since launching in April of 2010.

Funding for the grant is provided by the USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program.