Milanville Man Benefits from Stroke Program
For 56-year-old Marty Noble of Milanville, December 21, 2014, the winter solstice, was indeed a long dark night. He woke up that morning and with a terrible headache he rested most of the day. Then in the afternoon, he went back to lay down in bed and when he got up a short time later he found that he was paralyzed on his left side; he couldn’t get out of bed and when he tried and fell, he bumped his head and started bleeding. He somehow made his way to the family room to tell his family he needed help. His daughter called 9-1-1 and the next thing Marty remembers is his neighbor, Damascus Ambulance EMT Josh Sheard arriving and praying for him before he loaded Marty into the ambulance.
“They took me to Wayne Memorial and everything went very quickly,” said Marty. “I had a CT scan right away.”
Marty Noble is one of the first patients to benefit from Wayne Memorial’s November 11th certification as a Primary Stroke Center, which included the implementation of an Acute Care Stroke Team. Once a potential stroke patient is identified, the Team activates. A CT scan is ordered, performed and read within 45 minutes. The scan is also immediately available to a board-certified neurologist, who can talk with the patient in real-time via a secure video conferencing system. Noble is also one of the first patients to benefit from the Tele-stroke program, a partnership with Geisinger Medical System.
“The Tele-stroke program was awesome!” said Marty’s wife Jennifer, who was at her husband’s beside in the Emergency Department within minutes after his arrival by ambulance. “It was a great benefit to be able to see and speak to the doctor who would be taking care of my husband when he arrived at Geisinger a short time later.”
Marty was life-flighted from the Cherry Ridge Airport in Honesdale to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, where he stayed for nine days. He was diagnosed with carotid artery dissection. What causes this condition is not fully known, though mechanical forces such as trauma or blunt injury and/or underlying medical issues seem to play a part.
“They really don’t know what brought it on,” said Marty. “But they (Geisinger) put me on a sodium IV to reduce the swelling in my brain and then I came here to Good Shepherd.”
Good Shepherd is the Wayne Memorial-Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Center, where Marty began therapy to regain mobility and independence. The unit also offers a Stroke Support Group for patients and their caregivers when therapy ends.
“I’m just really thankful that Wayne Memorial has all these services so close to my home,” Marty continued. “At Good Shepherd, they have a dining area where my family—my wife and two children—can join me for meals.”
Wayne Memorial CEO David Hoff said the Stroke Center certification complements many services already in place at the hospital, such as rehabilitation therapies, but it’s really about saving lives. “We care about our patients. Bringing stroke care closer to where they live means improving health care outcomes and saving lives.”
Almost three weeks out, Marty Noble was feeling a lot better. His left side was still weak, but sensation was returning. His speech was improving, and he certainly wasn’t at a loss for humor.
“Surgery? Nope, no surgery,” he smiled. “No bad haircut for me.”
For more information about stroke and about Wayne Memorial’s stroke services, visit www.wmh.org.
Photo: Jennifer and Marty Noble in the Wayne Memorial-Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Center, where Marty was recovering after suffering a stroke in December.