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Hospitals expand Telehealth program


Hospital employees train in the telestroke program.

Credit: Contributed photo / Cheri Holthaus
Hospital employees train in the telestroke program.



St. Mary’s and Clearwater Valley Hospitals are two of four community hospitals in North Idaho that now provide a higher level of care for patients experiencing stroke as part of the telemedicine program offered by Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center; the other two are Bonner General Health in Sandpoint and Gritman Medical Center in Moscow. These four hospitals join 16 other rural hospitals in communities surrounding Spokane, Wash., which have access to stroke expertise and advanced services to ensure the best possible outcomes for their patients.

The program, coordinated through Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, links specialists at Sacred Heart’s nationally recognized stroke center with primary and emergency care physicians at participating hospitals, allowing patients and their physicians to access specialized care 24 hours a day.

The program is a partnership between community hospitals and Providence, allowing local care teams to collaborate with specialists at Sacred Heart, and helping alleviate local provider shortage.



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