If you live in Middleburg Heights and experience signs of a stroke, you have already improved your chances of living or having a better recovery than if you live in any surrounding suburb or state.
The town's mayor, Gary W. Starr, has just become the first suburban mayor in the U.S. to implement the Stroke Mobile Unit.
Cleveland Clinic's Stroke Mobile Unit, the first of its kind, essentially brings the emergency room directly to the patient, wherever they are.
The Stroke Mobile Unit looks just like an ordinary ambulance but is staffed with a critical care nurse, a paramedic and a CT technology expert. There is also specialized equipment designated for immediate diagnosis of strokes and how best to treat one from the other. There is a portable CT scanner, lab testing equipment, clot-busting drugs and the ability for the staff on board to video conference back and forth with doctors and neurologists.