Atlanta, GA, October 06, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- AcuteCare Telemedicine (ACT) partner Taylor Regional Hospital in Hawkinsville, GA is on the cutting edge of revolutionizing healthcare in underserved areas in rural parts of the Southeastern US.
Lacking the fiscal and logistical resources to implement the comprehensive services found at larger facilities in urban centers, Taylor Regional has openly embraced a wealth of new technologies to drastically improve the quality of care it offers patients within its surrounding communities.
Choosing ACT’s 24/7 teleneurology services was an elegant solution to a major deficiency facing the hospital. Taylor Regional has no neurologists on staff, and the nearest available specialists are located more than an hour away. Prior to the partnership with ACT, the hospital lacked the capability to effectively diagnose and treat stroke-causing clots, often having to transfer patients to a larger hospital, compromising crucial ‘door-to-needle’ time and reducing potential hospital revenues.
Through the adoption of beneficial programs such as the telemedicine services offered by ACT, the hospital has not only taken strides forward in treating patients internally, but has also enhanced communications with other facilities, connecting with other physicians for consultation and collaboration as well as streamlining transfer processes to ensure patients receive timely and expert care.
Most recently, the teleneurology services provided by ACT resulted in the administration of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) in two separate cases of acute stroke at the facility in the month of August 2012. The two successful administrations of the clot-busting agent are a significant achievement, serving as a milestone for a teleneurology partnership that has now successfully extended this potentially-life saving service to residents of the counties surrounding Taylor Regional.
“We are very pleased with our partnership with ACT. The neurologists are extremely professional and eager for our telemedicine program to make a real difference in the care we are able to extend to our stroke patients,” commented Lynn Grant, Emergency Room and ICU Nurse Manager, Taylor Regional. “ACT is available 24/7, taking the time not just to be there for the patients, but for our physicians, nurses, and staff, answering questions and educating about the technology and techniques that are helping us save lives. Having this service is very rewarding.”
“Taylor Regional Hospital is on the cutting edge of emergency stroke care in rural Georgia. ACT has been particularly impressed with their clinical judgment, leadership and organization,” said Dr. James Kiely, Partner, ACT. “Their community is well served.”
For more information about ACT, visit www.acutecaretelemed.com.
About AcuteCare Telemedicine
Founded in 2009, AcuteCare Telemedicine is a limited liability corporation advancing the opportunity for healthcare institutions to gain access to highly-respected, expert neurologists and telemedicine technologies. AcuteCare offers a range of services including first-rate neurological emergency response care with around-the-clock support and hospital accreditation education. AcuteCare primarily provides remote emergency neurology consultation which fills staffing needs and reduces the costs associated with 24/7 neurologist availability. As a result, healthcare institutions provide full service emergency neurology care and can earn Joint Commission Certification as a Primary Stroke Center.
About Taylor Regional Hospital
Known as the hospital that keeps quality health care close to home, Taylor Regional Hospital, in Hawkinsville, Georgia, expands its reach to outlying communities with clinics in Cochran, Vienna, Kathleen, Eastman, Rochelle and Unadilla. The facility is at the center of Taylor Health Care Group, reaching a patient base of over 189,000 and providing patients with access to over 94 credentialed physicians representing twenty-five major specialties. One of only two in the entire state, Taylor Regional Hospital is a Level III Trauma Center and has received awards for Outstanding Hospital of the Year, Outstanding Rural Health Program of the Year, the American Cancer Society’s Circle of Hope Award, and GACH’s Hospital of the Year. Taylor’s mission is to ensure access to superior quality integrated health care for our community and the surrounding service areas in a fiscally responsible manner.