Photos by Amie Rodgers
On October 4th, Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center held an open house and ribbon cutting to celebrate the addition of Advanced ICU Care to the monitoring of ICU patients. In addition to local hospital staff, Summit is now partnering with Advanced ICU Care (the nation’s largest provider of Tele-ICU services) to provide Board-certified intensivists (critical care physicians) and critical care nurses to ICU patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This team works from centralized Operations Centers around the country and around-the-clock, complementing the care provided by the Summit Healthcare physicians.
The program continuously monitors medications, labs and the patient’s clinical status. Proactive data management tools identify problems before they become urgent, prompting immediate intervention when necessary. Two-way video access in each patient’s room enables face-to-face consultation between the bedside and the Advanced ICU Care team. This constant monitoring ensures that help is available when needed.
“Advanced ICU Care’s continuous oversight of our ICU patients is a great addition to our hospital. Our doctors sleep better at night knowing that Advanced ICU Care is continually monitoring their patients when they aren’t there,” said Ron McArthur, CEO.
“This program brings 24/7/365 critical care expertise directly to our patients, along with evidence-based practices, to augment the high-quality care our physicians and nurses provide,” said Alan DeWitt, CMO of Summit Healthcare. “This is yet another example of how we deliver the highest standards in patient care and safety.”
During the open house, members of the community had the opportunity to watch the system come to life with the push of a button and a physician and critical care nurse were available and happy to answer questions real time about the system via the camera and flat screen mounted on the wall.