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Compass H e alth
A doctor dedicated unendingly to his
patients, Dr. Ritesh Kaushal turned ER banter
into a lifesaving program that’s benefitted
hundreds. T E X T BY SA N DY FE R N A N D E Z
When it comes to Dr. Ritesh Kaushal, Interventional
Neurologist & Comprehensive Stroke Program Medical
Director at Palmetto General Hospital, time is not just
money, it’s a valuable portion of someone’s life. Because
for every minute a stroke victim waits on treatment,
he loses over 2 million brain cells. That’s precisely why
Palmetto General Hospital teamed up with the Hialeah
Police & Fire Department to have emergency lights
installed in Dr. Kaushal’s car. He’s currently the only
doctor within the U.S. to have them. Now working an
incredible 350 days a year, Dr. Kaushal says this program
has helped countless patients make a fuller recovery.
“The typical time from the onset of a stroke to the point
where treatment is done — which includes intervention,
and pulling a blood clot out the brain — is at most 360
minutes,” he says. “We are routinely doing this in less
than 180 minutes which is less than half the time of the
national average.”; PalmettoGeneral.com.