Just in Time

Every year 50,000 Canadians suffer a stroke. For those living in remote areas or near smaller hospitals, having to travel to a larger centre - at a time when every minute matters - can be devastating.

That’s how it used to be. Not anymore.

Access to the Best When You Need it Most:
Rural Stroke Care at the University of Alberta Hospital 

The University of Alberta Hospital is the top Academic Medical Centre in Western Canada. And the stroke centre for all of central and Northern Alberta, as well as parts of British Columbia, Saskatchewan and the Northern Territories.

Responding to the challenges of the geographic reach of the University of Alberta Hospital led to the formation of an innovative approach to stroke care – now regarded as one of the best in the world - Telestroke.

Telestroke reduces the devastating impact of stroke

The state-of-the-art Telestroke Program gives stroke patients living in remote areas 24-7 access to the team of world-leading stroke neurologists at the University of Alberta Hospital.

Telestroke connects patients with neurologists via videoconferencing, enabling face-to-face interaction that is so crystal clear doctors can make life-saving diagnoses and decisions on the spot.

The Next Best Thing to Being Here
“Telestroke is truly is the next best thing to actually being here,” says Dr. Thomas Jeerakathil, stroke neurologist at the University of Alberta Hospital, and a provincial lead in stroke care.
“We can instruct doctors in smaller centres to administer clot-busting drugs that will literally save the life of the stroke patient. And if further intervention is required, patients can be transported to Edmonton after they’re stabilized. Without Telestroke, there is no way we could do that.”
Dr. Thomas Jeerakathil
Your donation will help save the lives of stroke patients   

By supporting the Telestroke Program, donors to the University Hospital Foundation’s Brain Centre Campaign are helping to advance stroke care, and to ensure that patients across western and northern Canada get the best treatment possible - when they need it most. 

Stroke is one of the leading causes of disability in adults, and the fourth leading cause of death in North America. Stroke care is therefore at the hub of the University Hospital Foundation’s Brain Centre Campaign.

By advancing Telestroke, your gift will help bring the very best in stroke care to Edmonton and beyond, and continue to set new standards for brain care.

Dr. Jeerakathil speaks about Telestroke from University Hospital Foundation on Vimeo.

“The outcomes of stroke are devastating, but the advancements in treatment have come so far in the last few years, and even months. We have the opportunity to get that treatment into the community - to where patients are – so we can give more patients the