Cicero Expands Mobile Stroke Unit

Town President Larry Dominick announced a new partnership with Rush University Medical Center to expand the service hours of a specialized Mobile Stroke Unit.

The original agreement designated one of Rush’s mobile stroke units to respond to Cicero emergencies between 7am and 7pm daily.

Dominick had said after granting access for the program last April that he hoped the town could expand its services, especially as many stroke-related emergencies occur during the overnight hours.

“The Mobile Stroke Unit will provide added medical treatment to supplement the Emergency Medical Services provided by the Town of Cicero’s Fire Department ambulance teams,” Dominick said. “With the new expanded hours covering every day all day and night, the new emergency Mobile Stroke Unit will be able to help everyone. Having this service will help reduce the damage caused by strokes and improve the ability of people who suffer strokes to survive and recover. Those first few minutes are important and this mobile unit will be located in the Town of Cicero to provide immediate response time.”

The contract with Rush University Medical Center to make the Mobile Stroke Unit available was initially approved by the Town of Cicero Board at its regularly scheduled meeting last April 10.

Cicero Fire Chief Dominick Buscemi said that the Cicero ambulance teams respond quickly to emergency calls, but the issue of time becomes critical for stroke patients.

“Even though we can provide emergency assistance to sustain life and prevent death in many cases, individuals suffering from stroke have increased odds of recovery and must received specialized treatment,” Buscemi said. “By making the Mobile Stroke Unit available to patients as they are being treated in their homes, or or other locations, we are able to save a lot of time. And saving that time increases the likelihood that a stroke patient can survive.”

Rush is the recipient of a private grant to fund the Mobile Stroke Unit, which is owned and operated by Superior and outfitted with a Rush-owned physician clinic, including physician consultation via telemedicine, a CT Scanner, clinical laboratory and certain other medical technology necessary to provide mobile stroke diagnosis and treatment.

Dominick said the specialized unit will assist Cicero paramedics in responding to medical emergencies involving strokes. By bringing the Mobile Stroke Unit to the patient emergency teams will be saving valuable time which is a critical factor in saving lives.