Rush Oak Park Hospital has announced it will soon begin providing services to stroke victims via Rush University Medical Center’s mobile stroke unit.

The launch date of the unit is still pending, but the custom-built ambulance that will soon be cruising the streets of Oak Park offers a number of services from brain imaging technology to telemedicine technology and drug therapies.

Those suffering from strokes now must wait for an ambulance to take them to Rush Oak Park Hospital before receiving life-saving treatment. That can mean the difference between life and death, according to James Conners, director of Rush Comprehensive Stroke Center and the Rush Mobile Stroke Unit.

Rush aims to bring more stroke units to communities throughout the Chicago area, the hospital noted in a press release. 

“The Rush Mobile Stroke Unit along with the state-of-the-art Telestroke technology we have available in our Emergency Department are examples of our commitment to saving lives and preventing devastating complications in people who are suffering strokes,” Bruce Elegant, president and CEO of Rush Oak Park Hospital said in a press release.

Timothy Inklebarger

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