How the ‘Neuroscience Care of the Future’ Is Playing in Toledo

Most of the U.S. mobile stroke units thus far are in major cities: Houston, Cleveland, Denver, Memphis. Toledo, OH, isn’t quite as large as those burgs, but its citizens are getting the same level of care with an MSU fielded by the Mercy Life Flight Network. Sponsored by Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, the MSU debuted in January 2016. It was in part a response to a demographic peculiarity: Stroke victims in the area skew young. The most-affected demographic in Lucas County is 46–65 years old.  “We have no idea why that is,” says Julie Goins-Whitmore, RN, MBA, EMT-P, manager of the MSU and head of Mercy St. Vincent’s neuroscience research and outreach. “But when you look at stroke patients, those younger ones have 20 years of work left in them!…

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