DCHS Board addresses community in public meeting

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IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. (WLUC) - The Dickinson County Healthcare System board met Thursday in a public meeting. Community members shared their support while being updated on where the hospital stands.

"Please do everything in your power as you make your decisions to keep this high quality hospital how it is,” one community member said.

Venable, LLC, lawyers said their research group is in the process of their feasibly study.

"I'm optimistic that things are moving along quickly and I hope BRG will have the work done by the first week in December and we can put together a comprehensive plan with your help,” lawyer Bart Stupak said.

With things looking well working with these lawyers, the hospital took this time to introduce a new partnership to the public. Within the next few months, they'll be working with St. Vincent Hospital in Illinois via telemedicine.

"We're going to be able to have a TeleStroke program that will allow patients to be treated here, whether they’re in the hospital and they have a stroke or if they present with a stroke in the emergency department, we'll be able to provide that TeleStroke service,” CEO John Schon said.

That service would connect patients with doctors in Springfield, minimizing the number of patients DCHS has to transfer out.

"Right now we have to transfer a lot of these patients that we don't have the ability to take care of these patients,” Schon continued. “With this program, we'll basically have the experts to assist us as a whole and our hospitalists more specifically to take care of stroke patients."

The next board meeting is scheduled for December 6.

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