When Seconds Counted: The Story of Jim Holbrook

Stroke Patient StoriesWhen Jim Holbrook recalls the day he had his stroke, one vivid memory stands out: "The last thing I remember is getting in the helicopter." That helicopter took him from his local hospital, Marion General, to OhioHealth's Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus. There, the OhioHealth Stroke Network team was already making critical, lifesaving decisions.

Jim's wife Rosie, on the other hand, remembers every detail, from the moment she noticed Jim's first symptom, to the determination she saw on the faces of his stroke care team. By sharing knowledge, expertise and technology, the emergency team at Marion General Hospital was able to connect Jim to the OhioHealth Stroke Network, where a Grant Medical Center stroke specialist was analyzing Jim's situation.

"You could see their confidence," recalls Rosie. "I felt Jim was in really good hands."

As with all stroke victims, Jim was in a situation where seconds could mean the difference between permanent damage and full recovery. Thanks to the quick, decisive action taken by OhioHealth's Stroke Network team, the stroke damage was kept to a minimum. And thanks to the network's state-of-the-art technology, Jim was able to return to his local hospital for recovery therapy, while doctors at Riverside Methodist were still able to directly monitor his progress. "It is so much easier to have the therapy here in Marion," says Rosie.

Jim and Rosie's success story exemplifies the purpose and goal of OhioHealth's Stroke Network program. Today, Jim is able to enjoy the active life he knew before, including volunteer work at Marion General. Looking back on his experience, he's also able to declare with confidence, "I was getting the best care possible." That, along with Jim's winning smile, says it all.