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Naples Community Hospital Uses RP VITA for Comprehensive Tele-Stroke Program

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Telespecialists and the NCH Healthcare System Announce Go-Live of Tele-stroke Program

Fort Myers, FL and Naples, FL,

Telespecialists, LLC, a leader in remote telemedicine physician services, and the NCH Healthcare System in Naples, FL are announcing the start of a new tele-stroke program. In a collaboration that has been developing over the last few months, this innovative program will be rolled out on November 10, 2014. What started out as a refinement of stroke assessment protocols is ready to now improve patient and physician access to neurology expertise within minutes of presentation of a stroke emergency.

With stroke as the leading cause of disability in the US, delay in recognition of the symptoms and signs of stroke have limited the use of effective treatment applications. Hospitals have been looking to novel, state-of-the-art ways to reduce time to treatment in acute stroke. Telespecialists, LLC brings neurological expertise to the bedside within minutes of recognition of a Stroke Alert in an effort to foster better outcomes for all stroke patients.

We are excited about the opportunity to bring our expertise to NCH and help them develop a program of stroke care that benefits all patients within Collier county by creating a world-renowned comprehensive stroke center says Adam Heller, MD, Chief Operating Officer of Telespecialists, LLC. We commend NCH for recognizing the future of healthcare where technology is leveraged to improve patient outcomes in many different specialties.

NCH is dedicated to helping everyone live a happier, healthier life, says Allen Weiss, M.D., President & CEO, NCH Healthcare System. As a Most Wired hospital, NCH works to integrate the latest technologies that focus on patient safety and quality. This innovative program has the potential of reducing time to treatment for those experiencing a stroke. Its rewarding to take another step toward improving patient outcomes and preserving quality of life for those in our community.

Telespecialists, LLC

As a provider of physician services, Telespecialists, LLC brings a unique perspective to the world of telemedicine. From emergent consultations to follow-up services, Telespecialists aims to coordinate care at hospitals and communities where gaps in specialty coverage exists. Born out of the tele-stroke and teleneurolgy service lines, Telespecialists has a wide variety of physician expertise ranging from areas that include neurology, psychiatry, pulmonary/critical care medicine, and podiatry. In addition to clinical services, Telespecialists also can provide consultative services for improving work flows and patient outcomes in their areas of specialty. For more information please visit telespecialists.com or contact their main office at (239) 208-2206

About NCH Healthcare System

The NCH Healthcare System is a not-for-profit, multi-facility healthcare system located in Naples, Florida, United States. The System is more than just two hospitals (referred to as the NCH Downtown Naples Hospital, and NCH North Naples Hospital) with a total of 716 beds. The NCH Healthcare System is an alliance of 636 physicians and medical facilities in dozens of locations throughout Collier County and southwest Florida.The services offered by the NCH Healthcare System are extensive. Inpatient services include: medical, surgical, cardiac, orthopedic, obstetric, pediatric, rehabilitative, psychiatric, oncology, emergency treatment, and diagnostics. Outpatient services include: rehabilitation, home care, urgent care, wound healing, and more. This year the system had 36,000 admissions, 91,000 emergency room visits, 3,000 births, 386 open heart surgeries, 11,000 surgical procedures, and 3,900 employee colleagues. NCH is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. For more information, visit www.NCHmd.org.

Nattasha Acevedo, MD

Dr. Acevedo received her medical degree from the Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico and did her neurology residency at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. She went on to do a clinical neurophysiology fellowship at Emory School of Medicine in Atla nta, Georgia and then joined private practice in Fort Myers, Florida. She currently resides in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She likes running, paddle boarding and spending time with family.
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Bernadette Borte, MD

Dr. Borte received her medical degree from St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine in Grand Cayman. She completed her neurology residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. Her areas of interest include inpatient neurology and acute stroke. When not working, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family. Dr. Borte joined the TeleSpecialist family in March of 2019.
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Mazen Almidani, MD

Dr. Almidani is board certified in pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics and board certified in epilepsy, as well as neurology with special  qualification in child neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  Dr. Almidani is happily married with 4 children. His oldest son has autism and his daughter has complicated seizures; both were a drive for him to become a neurologist. Dr. Almidani enjoys soccer, running and spending time with his family. He is very involved with his sons’ therapy and helping with daily challenges. He is double board certified in Pediatric and Adult Neurology and Epilepsy. He sees children and adults. He also participates in charities for children in Syria who may be underprivileged and/or affected by the war. Dr. Almidani joined TeleSpecialists in August 2020.
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Amanda Cheshire, MD

Dr. Cheshire received her medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, Kentucky. She completed her neurology residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. She did a fellowship in neurophysiology at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Cheshire is double board certified in neurology and clinical neurophysiology. She enjoys traveling, reading and music. She currently resides in Viera, Florida.  Dr. Cheshire joined TeleSpecialists in June 2019.
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Jessica Floyd, MD

Dr. Floyd completed her neurology residency at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida followed by fellowship training in clinical neurophysiology with focus in EEG and epilepsy at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. She has particular interest in hospital neurology and patient education as well as the blossoming specialty of lifestyle medicine. She strives to take advantage of every encounter with patients and medical staff to empower them to do their own research into how daily thoughts, choices, and habits can add up to create greater and longer-lasting brain and neurologic health for ourselves and our loved ones. She lives in Florence, South Carolina with her awesome husband of 13 plus years and three beautiful children. She is an avid yogi, astrologer, and lover of food and all things neurology! Dr. Floyd joined the TeleSpecialist family in July 2017.
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Nancy Futrell, MD

Dr. Futrell received her medical degree from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. She also did her neurology residency at the University of Utah as well as a research fellowship in cerebral vascular disease at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. She currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has authored 2 books and 50 peer reviewed papers. 
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Rebecca Jimenez-Sanders, MD

Dr. Jimenez Sanders received her undergraduate degree from Emory University, and her medical degree from the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine in Puerto Rico. She completed her neurology residency at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, where she also did a specialized headache medicine and facial pain fellowship. She currently resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and her two daughters. She is also fluent in Spanish and Italian languages, and enjoys photography, baking, boating, and biking.
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Cory Lamar, MD

Dr. Lamar received his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. He completed his internship and residency at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Following residency, he completed a clinical fellowship in neurophysiology, with a concentration in epilepsy. He currently resides in Florida and enjoys outdoor activities.
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Clifford Meyers, MD

Dr. Meyers received his medical degree from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and his MBA from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. He completed his neurology residency at the University of Rochester, where he also did a neurophysiology fellowship. Dr. Meyers resides in Webster, New York with his wife and daughter. When not doing teleneurology, he enjoys playing sports with his wife and daughter.
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Tao Tong, MD

Dr. Tong received her medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. She completed her neurology residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida, where she also did a neuromuscular/EMG fellowship.  She currently resides in College Station, Texas. Dr. Tong is married with two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and reading.
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Shubhangi Chumble, MD

Dr. Chumble attended BJ Medical School. She is a board certified neurologist with a subspeciality interest in sleep medicine. Dr. Chumble did her residency at Howard University in Washington DC and has practiced neurology since 2001 in private and corporate settings. She lives in Melbourne, Florida and loves the sunshine state. Her hobbies include yoga, meditation, cooking , traveling and meeting new people. She also loves to do stained glass, pottery and painting. She joined TeleSpecialists in June 2019.
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