Camden, SC – KershawHealth is proud to partner with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance (SCTA) to celebrate Telehealth Awareness Week (October 21-25, 2019).
This awareness week, proclaimed by Governor McMaster, gives a great opportunity to showcase the success of telehealth services provided to those patients in need in Kershaw County.
The MUSC Center for Telehealth is one of two National Telehealth Centers of Excellence as designated by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). The role of the Center of Excellence is to fill important gaps in the national telehealth landscape through a combination of ongoing regional and national collaborations. In 2017, advanced ICU telehealth service began at KershawHealth with funds received from SCTA through MUSC. This service provides 24/7 continuous patient monitoring for those in intensive care at partner hospitals.
“At KershawHealth, we understand the effects a health event can cause on critically ill patients and their families,” said Sue Shugart, Chief Executive Officer of KershawHealth. “Through our partnership with MUSC and SCTA, these patients can receive high quality care here at KershawHealth instead of having to travel to a larger city for care.”
An additional service provided through telehealth is the REACH Stroke Network. This network connects partnering hospitals with immediate, around-the-clock access to MUSC’s stroke care experts, who can remotely provide urgent consultations after virtually examining patients and brain imaging studies.
By making world-class neurological expertise quickly available, the REACH Stroke Network eliminates travel time, speeds the treatment process and reduces death and disability from stroke. Since 2010, KershawHealth has seen a 19% decrease in transferring stroke patients to a different facility for stroke care treatment.
Telehealth service growth in South Carolina has resulted in innovative changes across the state, all aimed to improve the access, quality and affordability of healthcare for South Carolinians. KershawHealth is proud to play such a vital role in partnering with MUSC and SCTA to provide the utmost care to the residents of Kershaw county.
Founded in 1913 as Camden Hospital, KershawHealth is a full-service healthcare system proudly serving its community members in Kershaw county and the surrounding areas. A part of LifePoint Health, KershawHealth consist of facilities in Camden, Elgin, Lugoff, Bethune and Kershaw, including the 119-bed Medical Center and the 20-bed Geriatric Psychiatric Unit in Camden, Outpatient Center and Urgent Care in Elgin, Sleep Diagnostics Center, and Physical Therapy. KershawHealth employs more than 800 dedicated staff. For more information, visit www.KershawHealth.org.