Hutchinson Regional Medical Center turned to pulmonology telemedicine to support its 18-bed ICU aand 23-bed pulmonary care unit. This not-for-profit, 199-bed medical facility serves the health needs of more than 65,000 residents in Hutchinson and the surrounding area in rural central Kansas.

Pulmonology telemedicine helps one hospital manage staffing in the ICU

CHALLENGE

When physicians in rural hospitals retire or move, replacing them can be a big challenge. That was the case with Hutchinson Regional. The facility is unique in that it has an 18-bed ICU as well as a dedicated, 23-bed pulmonary care unit. Because the pulmonologists staffing the unit would often manage ICU care, their departure had an impact. There was a risk the hospital would need to need to transfer patients to hospitals in Wichita and other distant referral centers.

SOLUTION

After going live in 2018, Eagle’s Tele-ICU program provided the ongoing coverage the hospital needed. The pulmonology telemedicine physicians staffing the program are intensivists with a specialty in pulmonology, they helped Hutchinson Regional continue consistent inpatient treatment for patients in the pulmonology unit. They also share responsibilities in the ICU with other providers skilled in management of patients with intensive care needs.

Eagle Telemedicine’s Tele-ICU program provides hospitals with a sustainable solution for the long term.

KEY BENEFITS

Reduced ID transfers from 50% to 0%

Reduced need for
patient transfers

Reduced ID transfers from 50% to 0%

Consistent care
despite staffing changes

Reduced ID transfers from 50% to 0%

Support for onsite
clinical team

Eagle has been easy to work with, open to ideas, and the providers have been wonderful. The right providers are really key to making the program successful.

– AMANDA HULLET, CHIEF NURSING OFFICER

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“What we saved [by keeping the patients] far exceeded what we paid for the Tele-ID service”
– Robyn Schertz, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs, Ascension North Central Wisconsin