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It was standing room only as Angel Medical Center introduced the newest member of their healthcare team during a public reception on Wednesday, May 15. The Telestroke Robot literally rolled in to action to demonstrate its capabilities to those in attendance.

“We’re excited to bring this new technology to our community that will afford our patients another level of care,” said Martin Wadewitz, Interim CEO. “With the telestroke robot, possible stroke victims can be remotely diagnosed by neurologists with Mission Hospital. This will allow our healthcare team to take the necessary steps during the first critical hours of care.”

Carrie Castellion, director of Telemedicine with Mission Hospital, conducted the demonstration with Dr. Reid Taylor, Neurologist linked live to the audience via the robot’s screen. Dr. Taylor fielded questions from the audience and demonstrated the technology’s capabilities in diagnosing strokes.


A project to improve the receipt of beneficial supportive care services for younger women who have breast cancer has received a grant of more than $780,000 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Younger women – those under 45 – who have breast cancer have a set of concerns that may differ in certain ways from those of other cancer patients,” said Lawrence Marks, MD, chair of the department of radiation oncology and the project’s principal investigator.

“They may also have concerns about genetic factors, the long term effects of anticancer therapies, or worries about how to change their life-style to positively influence their future health. They are also at a stage of life where they may be building their careers, raising children or facing other challenges.”


When April Rios went into labor the last thing on her mind was how special the birth of her daughter would actually be.

As Sophia Rios entered the world on Monday, April 23, she became a most special birthday present.

“Sophia was born on her Mom’s birthday,” said Bonnie Peggs, AMC Director of Marketing & Public Relations.

“However, what makes this birth so special is the fact that it is also her grandfather, Paul Burd’s birthday. What a great birthday gift for both her mom and grandfather.”

Angel Medical Center recently celebrated National Volunteer Week by having a luau for its volunteers.

“Our volunteers work in virtually every department in the hospital,” said Jennifer Hollifield, director of volunteers for Angel Medical Center. “From hospice and Same Day Surgery to our gift and thrift shops, their countless hours of service are an integral part of our mission to provide quality healthcare to the community.”


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