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Published on Aug 6, 2009
The Brain and Stroke Network at Baptist Health System brings together all the necessary components to treat patients presenting with stroke - physicians from emergency medicine, neurology, neurosurgery, cardiology, vascular, and interventional radiology as well as nursing, rehabilitation and other support services.
The Network offers services at each of the five Baptist hospitals, with St. Lukes Baptist Hospital designated as the primary location for neurosurgery needs. Additionally, the HealthLink Rehabilitation Centers provide convenient outpatient rehabilitation. Transport from rural areas is accomplished via San Antonio AirLIFE air medical transport, which is owned jointly by Baptist Health System and University Health System.
The Brain & Stroke Network goes beyond providing fast and expert stroke care in an emergency. The network also provides a robust rehabilitation program which consists of physical therapy, occupational therapy, rehabilitation nursing, nutrition counseling and psychological support. The team approach includes the patient and their family. Comprehensive stroke rehabilitation programs are located at St. Lukes Baptist Hospital and at Baptist Medical Center, and give patients full access to specialists and services. Neuro-Developmental technique trained therapists and Certified Rehab Nurses are available to work with patients recovering from stroke. All private rooms, excellent discharge planning, and "Starting Now" Stroke Education Classes for patients and care-givers, are just a few of the services offered for patients recovering from stroke through the Brain and Stroke Network at Baptist Health System.