Quick action saved this Astoria man’s future

Telemedicine brings neurologist to the patient 

Stroke victim makes great recovery thanks to Columbia Memorial Hospital's telemedicine program and the quick action of his wife.

Ronald Paapke of Astoria credits his wife, Jane Leino, for recognizing the signs of a stroke and getting him immediate care. Paapke was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria, diagnosed via telemedicine, and flown by helicopter to OHSU where doctors removed a 12 centimeter clot from his carotid artery. (OHSU/Kristyna Wentz-Graff)

Ron Paapke was transported by ambulance to Columbia Memorial Hospital in September 2017. He was experiencing a massive stroke.

Through the CMH Emergency Department’s telemedicine robot, Paapke was assessed remotely by Dr. Stewart Weber, of OHSU. A Life Flight helicopter transported him from CMH to OHSU, where a nearly 5-inch long blood clot was removed from Paapke’s head.

Paapke made a full and almost immediate recovery, thanks to the fast action of his wife, Jane Leino; first responders; and the doctors at CMH and OHSU.

In case of stroke, “Act FAST”.

News coverage:

Daily Astorian, Sept. 29, 2017

KATU News, Oct. 11, 2017

OHSU News, Oct. 27, 2017