ED WARD'S ROAD TO RECOVERY
Seamless Care from Wake Forest Baptist and Lexington Medical Center
Ed Ward smiles through the struggles.
His dry sense of humor and unwavering determination attest to his courage and his remarkable recovery from a stroke in late 2010.
The 58-year-old Lexington native is well known in the community. He worked at Hedgecock Building Supply, a third generation family business, and is a two-term member of the Lexington City Council.
For his progress, he credits a team of physicians and therapists at Wake Forest Baptist Health-Lexington Medical Center and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and a new friend, LEXIE, for seamless care that has positioned him to accelerate the pace of his recovery.
Ed is regaining his strength, says Monette Frye, physical therapist and director of Rehabilitation Services at Lexington Medical Center. "He has better control of his body and is able to walk short distances with the help of a cane.
"Ed is very motivated, cooperative and always has a positive attitude," says Monette, who has known him since high school."He has an upbeat attitude and inspires those around him."
"LEXIE has become my good friend," Ed says. He remembers the telemedicine robot based in the Emergency Room of Lexington Medical Center. "LEXIE has a lot to do with my being here today," he says, referring to the quick treatment he received when taken to the Emergency Room last fall.
"My wife knew something was wrong when I could not get up and my speech was slurred," Ed recalls. "She asked me a few questions and then called 911, and I was rushed to the ER."
Kathy and Ed have been married for 33 years. A former nurse who now works as a Teacher's Assistant in Lexington City Schools, Kathy knew the importance of getting Ed medical treatment fast.
Stroke victims must be treated quickly to avoid brain damage. LEXIE is the audio and video link between doctors in emergency rooms in community hospitals and stroke specialists at Wake Forest Baptist. Using the robot, physicians diagnose the stroke and begin medication in minutes.
LEXIE enables the stroke specialist to observe the patient, the physical exam, and to view images while interacting with emergency physicians at Lexington Medical Center.
"What occurred with Mr. Ward is an excellent example of how stroke specialists at Wake Forest Baptist Health use remote presence technology," said Charles Tegeler, MD, professor of neurology and the director of the Stroke Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. "When he was transferred to the Medical Center, I already knew him and his family, having interacted with them using LEXIE. This continuity of care saved time and was reassuring for Mr. Ward and his family."
After returning home, Ed was treated by Advanced Home Care and said the therapists were wonderful. In a few months, he told his doctor, Terry Arnold, MD, that he was ready for more intensive rehab and wanted to go to Lexington Medical Center. "I had a prior experience with the rehab services at our hospital and was confident that the therapists could help me recover more quickly," he said.
Several years ago, Ed came to the Rehabilitation Center at Lexington Medical Center for physical therapy to recover from a knee injury suffered while playing basketball. "I am familiar with the success that patients have here," he said.
"His therapists are wonderful," says Kathy. "They are very good about setting realistic goals and helping Ed reach them. Sometimes, progress seems slow, but Ed is so much stronger and now is walking with just a little assistance."
"Lexington Medical Center means a lot to our community," Ed says. "People need to know how fortunate we are to have a quality hospital here that is connected to a world-class medical center. It's an unbeatable combination."
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