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Our TeleNeuroHospitalist Service is “Virtually” Changing the Game in Patient Care

By: | Tags: , , , | Comments: 0 | May 9th, 2019

Only 16 hours earlier, a TeleSpecialists’ neurologist was beamed into a telecart for a stroke alert.  The patient was quickly stabilized thanks to the TeleStroke service provided by TeleSpecialists and admitted to the hospital for further evaluation. Fast forward to the morning after, the patient lies in the hospital bed anxiously awaiting their test results and follow up exam from the care received from the night prior.  Much to the pleasant surprise of the patient, it’s the neurologist who assisted in the care from the night before.    

What made this possible?  TeleNeuroHospitalist Rounding.  TeleSpecialists’ TeleNeuroHospitalist service is available to hospitals, as a complement to TeleStroke service.  The technology of telemedicine has made this type of patient care possible and is the answer to hospitals’ greatest hurdle…. shortage of specialty physicians on staff such as neurologists.   

How does it work?  The hospital nurse on staff calls the TeleNeuroHospitalist to schedule the follow-ups needed for that day.  The nurse then will roll the telecart into the patient’s room, turn on the screen and the TeleNeuroHospitalist will appear to the patient exactly like a TeleStroke situation.  All in real-time, the patient is examined with the assistance of the nurse; the prior evening’s test results are communicated to the patient and the rehab care is also discussed.    

Notes are all entered directly into the hospital’s database.  What this means for the patient is timely, quality care after having suffered a stroke the night before.  What this means for the hospital is a comprehensive workflow and specialists on your team, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Gone are the days of having to worry about a shortage of physicians available to perform follow-ups from the stroke patients from the night before.  As a hospital administrator, you can rest assured that your patients are receiving high quality, compassionate care through your hospital and our team of physicians.    

Telemedicine is saving the lives of so many stroke victims through the technology of TeleStroke, and now TeleNeuroHospitalist Rounding allows patients with symptoms such as seizure, metabolic encephalopathy, lumbar radiculopathy, and vertigo to be seen in hospitals that may not have neurologists available around the clock. TeleNeuroHospitalist services may also free up on-site neurologists’ schedules so they may assist other patients, or take well-deserved time off.  

For more information on TeleStroke or TeleNeuroHospitalist Services, please call us at 1-866-785-7769. 

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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