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A newly created pediatric telemedicine program for the emergency department and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center recently opened. In collaboration with
SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, pediatric patients are able to receive medical evaluations from the SLUCare physicians at SSM Cardinal Glennon more than 80 miles away in St. Louis without leaving the Emergency or NICU department.
The SSM Cardinal Glennon pediatric Telemedicine ED and NICU programs provide patients real-time remote consultation and evaluation through interactive, high-definition video and audio communication. By using enhanced video technology, pediatric patients are able to receive around the clock remote health care without a transfer to SSM Cardinal Glennon. Families are able to receive emergency and specialized NICU consultations, evaluations, and exams by electronically sharing their child’s medical information with physicians at SSM Cardinal Glennon.
“Although only operational for a short period of time, the program has already provided life-saving assistance,” states Mike Warren, President of Good Samaritan Regional Health Center. “Offering this technology and access to high-level specialists not only saves lives of children and pre-mature babies but allows families to stay close to home for medical care.”
The SSM Cardinal Glennon and SLUCare specialists are expected to conduct hundreds of inpatient and outpatient telemedicine consultations each year. Through the program, these Emergency specialists connect directly to the Good Samaritan Emergency Department and NICU to provide care and consultation to young patients who experience traumatic injuries, life-threatening infectious diseases or other critical illnesses.
“Providing this level of care from the tiniest of patients to young adults really speaks to our mission,” said Kathy Kuhlenbeck, SSM Health, System Vice President of Strategic Business Development. “Telemedicine has become an important part in improving health and increasing access for patients in both rural and urban settings."
This is the first and only pediatric Telemedicine program in the Mt. Vernon area and Southern Illinois region.