Kane County Hospital now provides an extra level of support to stroke and behavorial health crisis patients in the Emergency Department, and to newborn babies in need of critical care support in the first hours of life, through a new partnership with Intermountain Healthcare’s TeleHealth Program.
TeleHealth technology uses high-definition cameras, audio equipment, and televisions in patient rooms, allows clinicians in Kanab to quickly connect with neurologists at Intermountain Medical Center, crisis care workers at LDS Hospital, and neonatologists at Dixie Regional Medical Center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Once connected, these specialists provide real-time evaluation of patients, consult on treatments and follow-up options, and coach bedside clinicians through specialized procedures that can stabilize critically ill babies for transport. In many cases, TeleHealth support may help avoid transfers, keeping these patients closer to home and family.
“Our staff are highly trained and deliver many healthy babies,” said Dr. D. Ott. “Babies who are born with complications in Kanab usually have to be transferred Dixie,” Dr. Ott continued. “Since TeleHealth has been installed in Intermountain’s facilities, they’ve helped support 216 babies and avoided 44 transfers. We’re looking forward to providing babies and parents in Kanab every opportunity to have a safe and healthy baby, and keep them as close to home as we can.”
“Intermountain’s goal is to be a partner on Kane County Hospital’s care team as they care for critically ill babies,” says Erik Ridout, MD, Medical Director for the Newborn Critical Care TeleHealth program at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George. “We work directly with the bedside clinicians to provide timely evaluation, support and coaching, and consultation on diagnosis and treatment as necessary.”
“In addition, the extra support of neurologists will help ensure stroke patients get the life-saving treatment they need faster, improving outcomes for these patients,” Dr. J Bowman continued. “And before TeleHealth, patients facing a behavioral health crisis could sometimes wait hours, simply because our access to crisis care expertise is limited. With TeleHealth, we can now get them the evaluations they need to form a treatment plan in a fraction of the time.”