Lt. Gov. Kleefisch visits Mayo Clinic Health System in Sparta

As Governor Scott Walker continues his state-wide tour, the state’s second in command is doing some sight seeing of her own.

Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch visited Mayo Clinic Health System in Sparta Thursday.

It’s part of her Rural Wisconsin Initiative Tour.

She learned about the clinic’s telemedicine program during her visit. It’s a way for people to get access to specialty care without the hassle of traveling.

Kleefisch says this kind of technology gives patients, especially those with stroke symptoms, new hope when it’s needed the most.

“Our ER patients that come to Sparta sometimes don’t get that opportunity because we don’t have a neurologist on call. And this allows us to bring in a neurologist to see patients who have a stroke, said Carrie Kast, RN.

“For those families who are waiting and hoping and desperate for a loved one to not only survive but survive in a capacity that they knew them before, seconds make all the difference,” said Lt. Gov. Kleefisch. 

The Lt. Gov., who is a colon cancer surivor, also learned about a new take-home colon cancer test which was created here in Wisconsin.