Oconto Falls – As a federally-designated critical access hospital, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital (founded as Community Memorial Hospital in 1921) has served as a main provider of emergency care in Oconto County for decades. On May 1, 2017, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital launched the use of new technology that takes its emergency care services to a new, advanced level now and into the future. It’s called, Emergency Telemedicine.
Emergency Telemedicine allows patients in the HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Emergency Department to be seen by emergency medicine physicians at HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay ... with only the click of a button! It serves as an added resource to the full-time, 24/7 care provided by the highly-skilled and trained emergency medicine providers on staff at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital.
“As part of Hospital Sisters Health System –Eastern Wisconsin Division, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center operate as one family,” said Dan DeGroot, Chief Operating Officer, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital. “As sister hospitals, we share the same mission and practices. Now, thanks to Emergency Telemedicine, we can also be in the same room to provide an enhanced level of emergency care when needed.”
Emergency Telemedicine involves the use of a portable device equipped with a screen, microphone, camera with zoom function and vital sign monitoring tools that can be wheeled to a patient’s bedside. When a patient arrives at the HSHS St. Clare Emergency Department, they are immediately and continuously cared for by the providers on staff. If a consultation or additional exam is needed, providers at HSHS St. Clare can use the Emergency Telemedicine technology to immediately contact a physician at HSHS St. Vincent or St. Mary’s to conduct a video conference and/or exam of the patient. The physicians at HSHS St. Vincent or St. Mary’s are available via Emergency Telemedicine 24-hours a day.
“In the past, consultations between the providers at HSHS St. Clare, St. Vincent and St. Mary’s were conducted over the phone,” said Colleen Koski, Director, Patient Care Services, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital. “Emergency Telemedicine allows us to make more accurate and efficient decisions about patient care. In some cases, it may also eliminate the need for a patient to be transferred to Green Bay for care.”
To learn more about Emergency Telemedicine at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, click here.
In March 2017, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital implemented Telestroke, which utilizes the same technology as Emergency Telemedicine to deliver faster, improved care of stroke patients. Click here to learn more about Telestroke at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital.
About HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital
HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital serves Oconto Falls and the surrounding communities as a federally-designated critical access hospital with an emergency department staffed 24/7, urgent care, general, vascular and orthopedic surgical services, inpatient and outpatient surgical and diagnostic services, rehabilitation, oncology outpatient clinic and women’s care. HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, in affiliation with Prevea Health, has six regional health center locations in Gillett, Lena, Mountain, Oconto, Oconto Falls and Suring. HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Pharmacies are located in Gillett and Oconto Falls. Founded in 1921 as Community Memorial Hospital, in 2014, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital became the fourteenth hospital in Hospital Sisters Health System. As an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System, we draw on the history of St. Francis of Assisi as we move to continue serving the health care needs of our area in Christ’s healing ministry, caring for all people. For more information about St. Clare, visit www.stclarememorial.org.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality, Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 13 Local Systems and physician practices in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Highland, Litchfield, and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan, and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org.  For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.

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