Western Wisconsin Health is a Critical Access Hospital in Baldwin, Wisconsin—population 4,000, about 30 miles east of Minneapolis. It includes 11 acute care beds, an obstetrics (OB) unit, a surgery unit, an emergency department (ED), and an attached rural health clinic. The hospital approached Eagle with a need for telemedicine night coverage.
The facility had a hospitalist program with two physicians covering the day shift, and a nurse practitioner (NP) covering evening and nighttime hours. The departure of the NP’s in 2017 made it difficult for the facility to find consistent overnight coverage.
Western Wisconsin Health began an Eagle TeleNocturnist program in 2017. The Eagle physician team advises and provides support to the nursing staff that covers the inpatient care unit and patients at the skilled nursing level at night.
BENEFITS & OUTCOMES
Less Stressed Onsite
The Eagle physician team advises and provides telemedicine night coverage for an RNs and a certified nurse assistant (CNA) who cover the inpatient care (med/surg) unit at night. The RN house supervisor, ED, and OB nurses also work with the Eagle team on those nights when the med/surg patient load is heavy and they are needed to “float” to the unit. The Eagle TeleNocturnist team manages the care administered to these patients, too.