HSHS St. John’s Hospital introduced its new tele-ICU partnership with Advanced ICU Care today. Tele-ICU uses technology that combines clinical management software with virtual care tools to enable remote intensivist-led teams to collaborate on the care of patients in St. John’s ICU units. Advanced ICU Care clinicians monitor certain vital signs and laboratory results around the clock. Electronic alerts notify the St. John’s team if a situation arises that requires attention. Two-way videoconferencing technology enables Advanced ICU Care clinicians to see and communicate directly with bedside clinicians, patients and families.
Advanced ICU Care centers are staffed by fellowship-trained intensivist physicians; critical care advanced practice providers (NPs or PAs); CCRN-certified critical care nurses and health care assistants. All providers are licensed in the state of Illinois and are credentialed and privileged at the hospital.
“Advanced ICU Care will provide an extra layer of support to enhance patient care and safety,” said Charles L. Lucore, MD, MBA, president and CEO of HSHS St. John’s Hospital. “These clinicians are a supplement to our bedside physicians and staff, not a replacement. Staffing ratios will not change.”
An “eAlert” button in each patient room activates the videoconferencing technology, according to Gurpreet Mander, MD, MBA, St. John’s chief medical officer. “It is readily apparent when the camera is activated, as it moves from a resting position away from the patient to an active viewing position. When the video session is complete it returns to its resting position. Audio and video sessions are not recorded.”
There is no extra cost to patients for this service. To learn more, go to st-johns.org/teleICU.
About HSHS St. John’s Hospital
HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois is a regional medical center offering a comprehensive array of health care services to central and southern Illinois. Founded in 1875, St. John’s is the flagship hospital of Hospital Sisters Health System and is home to the Prairie Heart Institute, St. John’s Children’s Hospital, St. John’s Women’s Services, St. John’s Neurosciences Institute, St. John’s Cancer Center, orthopedic services and AthletiCare. St. John’s now has one of the most advanced surgery centers in the nation and a renovated patient tower with all private rooms. St. John’s is designated as a level I trauma center, has its own college of nursing and is a teaching hospital for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. For more information about St. John’s Hospital, visit www.st-johns.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 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville 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.