LVHN launched the first mobile stroke unit in Pennsylvania in 2019 in conjunction with Cetronia Ambulance Corps., which stores the unit at its South Whitehall Township facility. The unit primarily serves the Cetronia coverage area in Lehigh County, which also includes South Whitehall Township, Upper Macungie Township, Whitehall Township, Lynn Township, Weisenberg Township and portions of Lowhill Township. There are just 20 mobile stroke units across the U.S.
LVHN’s MSU averages about 10 cases a week, being dispatched simultaneously with Cetronia Emergency Management Services. LVHN also has partnerships with Boyertown Emergency Management Services and Macungie Emergency Management Services to assist their community members with stroke-like symptoms.
But Reichenbach hopes to expand this service to other areas, with other ambulance services as well. The Raysely case was a perfect example of how such a partnership can make a difference.
“We were able to arrange a rendezvous point with Northampton Regional, and it resulted in faster treatment and helped in reducing Raymond’s disability,” Reichenbach says. “Being able to initiate the clot-busting medication and transporting Raymond to our Comprehensive Stroke Center made a difference in his outcome.”
Susan Raysely is quick to tell as many people as she can, too.
“I’ve told friends, people at the grocery store, just about everybody about it,” she says. “What these wonderful people did for Raymond was a miracle. We’re so thankful.”