CTMC expands use of telemedicine to provide additional care to critically ill patients
SAN MARCOS, TEXAS
– Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) has successfully implemented one of the most advanced critical care telemedicine programs available in hospital intensive care units (ICUs).
Utilizing highly trained intensivists and critical care nurses from Advanced ICU Care®, the nation’s largest provider of Tele-ICU services, to provide additional monitoring twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, CTMC now provides an extra layer of care that enhances patient safety.
CTMC is one of the first hospitals in the area to partner with Advanced ICU Care in implementing such a program, and to meet the best practice standard of having intensivist physicians monitor ICU patients around-the-clock 24/7.
“Our patients are receiving the best recommended standard of medical care available with the collaboration between their doctor, the hospital critical care team and the remote telemonitoring of Advanced ICU Care,” said CTMC CEO/President Sam Huenergardt.
Advanced ICU Care’s team complements the care provided by CTMC physicians, continuously monitoring patients’ vital signs, medications, labs and clinical status. Proactive data management tools identify issues, prompting immediate intervention. Two-way video access in each patient’s room enables face-to-face consultations between the bedside and Advanced ICU Care team during periods of evaluation or when called on by the caregiver.
“We are pleased to partner with the physicians and clinicians at CTMC to provide additional clinical surveillance and support of their critically ill patients,” said Mary Jo Gorman, MD, MBA, founder of Advanced ICU Care. “This strong alliance of critical care expertise combined with the most advanced telemedicine technology plus programs to continually improve care is working together to benefit and improve the health and safety of these patients.”
CTMC began using telemedicine in 2012 as part of its Primary Stroke Center services when the hospital began offering 24/7 access to highly trained neurologists from Specialists on Call, Inc. For more information about CTMC’s services, please visit ctmc.org
The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, was restructured in 1960. The present facility was opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 600 employees works with more than 220 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families.
In addition, over 200 community members and interns from area educational institutions volunteer their services to the hospital. In 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. CTMC also added a certified Chest Pain Center to its ER capabilities in 2011 and became an accredited Primary Stroke Center in 2013. In 2012, CTMC became the first operating room along the IH-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio to be equipped with a da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery suite.
CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS), a not-for-profit healthcare organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, Adventist Health System is a national leader in quality, safety and patient satisfaction. Today, Adventist Health System supports 45 campuses in 10 states and employs nearly 70,000 individuals. Adventist Health System hospitals are comprised of more nearly 8,300 licensed beds, providing care for 4.5 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.About Advanced ICU Care
Advanced ICU Care offers comprehensive Tele-ICU programs and consulting services, with a proven track record of improving the clinical, financial and operational performance of its hospital partners. As the nation’s largest Tele-ICU provider, Advanced ICU Care has successfully implemented and managed more programs than any other organization. Our Tele-ICU programs combine experienced intensivist-led care teams, sophisticated telemedicine technology and a rigorous focus on evidence-based best practices to improve patient care and safety. Our consulting team brings insights gained from decades of nationally recognized ICU leadership and expertise in both bedside ICU and Tele-ICU environments. For more information, visit www.icumedicine.com