2012 Archive

Telehealth Used to Expand Reach of CME Lectures

Union Hospital's Department of Continuing Medical Education (CME) has teamed with the Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health (Lugar Center) and the Lugar Center's Telehealth and Innovative Technologies Department to expand on Union Hospital's weekly CME lecture program offered to medical providers.  The CME Department coordinates high quality medical presentations to be shared with providers, including physicians, physician's assistants, nurse practitioners, family medicine residents, medical students, and allied health professions students. These weekly presentations, which consist of expert speakers on a variety of important medical topics, are offered as a way to assist providers in furthering their medical education and meeting licensing and credentialing requirements.


Laws Honored with Hulman Award Recognizing Health Achievement

Terre Haute Tribune Star
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Lisa Trigg The Tribune-Star The Tribune Star Sun Nov 11, 2012, 05:00 AM EST

Parke native plays key role in rural health advances
Telehealth platform being instituted around Midwest, nation

TERRE HAUTE — Drawing on her rural background, Stephanie Laws understands the barriers many people face when seeking medical care.

Whether its fuel costs, distance to travel, or limited income, getting from a rural community to a doctor's appointment in a distant city can be a challenge that drains patients and their families, both economically and emotionally.


Laws Named Executive Director of RHIC

The Terre Haute based Rural Health Innovation Collaborative (RHIC) has named Stephanie Laws, a long-time Union Hospital employee, as Executive Director.  She will oversee day-to-day operations of the collaborative, and will work to ensure that the education, health care, government and economic development partnership realizes its short and long term goals.


Paris Community Hospital and UAP Clinic Cardiology Offer High Tech Care

Paris community Hospital, along with UAP Clinic Cardiology, is pleased to announce the addition of a new service line that is designed to care for patients in need of cardiology care. The new high-tech service resembles a television screen that is equipped with a stethoscope. The technology allows the UAP Clinic Cardiologist to hear the patient's heart and breath sounds, as well as talk with patients, nurses, and doctors while being treated at Paris Community Hospital.


Paris Community Hospital Joins Wabash Valley Rural Telehealth Network

PCH FMC color vertical smallUnion Hospital's Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health, a nationally recognized leader in the development of telemedicine services, has partnered with Paris Community Hospital and UAP Clinic Cardiology to begin offering advanced cardiology services via telemedicine. Through this partnership, patients seeking care and treatment at Paris Community Hospital for a variety of heart-related conditions can now be evaluated and treated by Dr. Namburi, a UAP Clinic cardiologist remotely.


Clay City Center for Family Medicine Offers New Cardiology Services

Clay City Center for Family Medicine (CCCFM) in collaboration Providence Medical Group Cardiology is proud to announce the addition of a new outpatient telecardiology service line. Due to a generous grant award made to Union Hospital's Richard G. Lugar Center of Health from the Health Resources Services Administration's (HRSA) Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (grant # H2ARH20178), a high-tech service has been created to better serve rural patients in need of cardiology care.


Lugar Center's Stephanie Laws Featured on Radio Union

Lugar Center staff member and Wabash Valley Rural Telehealth Network Director, Stephanie Laws, was recently featured on Union Hospital's weekly radio show, Radio Union. Laws discussed the concept of telehealth and its benefits to the rural, underserved population.

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UHC Partners with PMG to Provide Telehematology/Oncology Services

Union Hospital’s Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health, along with Dr. Sang Huh and Dr. Ryan Gonzales are proud to announce the expansion of Union Hospital Clinton’s (UHC) telemedicine program to include hematology and oncology services. Through a generous grant offered from HRSA’s Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (OAT), the Lugar Center was able to partner with UHC and the two physicians to offer consultations for patients with cancer and other blood disorders through a secure, two-video interaction known as telemedicine.


Sullivan County Community Hospital Adds Telemedicine Specialty

Sullivan County Community Hospital is pleased to announce beginning today, July 16, telehematology and teleoncology services will be added to its stable of existing telehealth services offered to the Sullivan County area.

SCCH and the Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health have partnered in recent years to bring telehealth services including telemental health, telecardiology, and telenephrology to SCCH patients in an effort to improve outcomes more quickly and efficiently, with less travel time for the patients.  Telehealth offers a consultation with a specialist to the patient while they are in SCCH, rather than needing to make an appointment and travel to the physician's office.  This is done in real time, after the patient's medical information has been transmitted to the consulting physician for review. 


Wabash Valley Rural Telehealth Network Website Goes Live

The Wabash Valley Rural Telehealth Network has recently been made available online at www.ruraltelenet.org. The network, which was founded by Union Hospital's Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health (Lugar Center), includes members from multiple health care organizations and specialty practice sites throughout the region. The sites participate in Live Video Interactive (LVI) telehealth to make specialty health services more accessible to patients in rural areas. The new website will give both visitors and members better access to important telehealth information, resources and tools.


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michelle-smith“Telemedicine has allowed our patients to receive the care they need right here in Sullivan, IN. In our current challenging economic times, the more dollars we are able to retain locally the better off our community will be.”

- Michelle Franklin, CEO
Sullivan County
Community Hospital