Many Ohio hospitals participate in stroke treatment through telemedicine, with a “hub and spoke” model of care. “Hub” hospitals are those with advanced expertise and the capacity to treat patients with complex strokes. Hub hospitals provide stroke treatment through specialized telemedicine equipment to stroke patients in “spoke” hospitals. This allows many more stroke patients statewide to remain in their local hospital and receive high-quality treatment from local specialists in collaboration with experts from larger hub hospitals. As of February 2020, there were 11 hub hospitals and 127 spoke hospitals serving Ohio residents. All 11 hub hospitals in Ohio and many of their associated spoke hospitals participate in the Ohio Coverdell Stroke Program.
Population coverage within a 30-minute drive time of a Coverdell-affiliated Telestroke Hospital/Facility, February 2020
Utilizing the population-weighted centroid of census block groups and the locations of the 11 telestroke hub hospitals and 127 telestroke spoke facilities, this geospatial analysis shows that 96.7 percent of Ohioans live within a 30 minute drive of a hub hospital or spoke facility that is affiliated with the Ohio Coverdell Stroke Program.