Mercy and Mercy Children’s Hospital are working to make care more convenient for patients in rural areas allowing them to stay closer to home when they need specialists. The first pediatric neurology consult happened on Wednesday, April 25. Dr. John Mantovani, pediatric neurologist with Mercy Clinic and chairman of pediatrics for Mercy Children’s Hospital, conducted the consult from St. Louis with a patient in Springfield.
“I loved the ability to connect with the family in Springfield and help with that child's care,” Dr. Mantovani said. “I'm very enthusiastic about this approach and think there's incredible potential.”
The telemedicine system is set up for pediatric specialist consults in Springfield’s NICU, PICU and pediatric floor. This is the first step in creation of a Mercy Children’s Hospital, Mercy-wide telemedicine network that will provide pediatric specialty care in every community served by Mercy.
Mercy Children’s Hospital is designated by National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) as a “children’s hospital-within-a-hospital,” located on the Mercy Hospital St. Louis campus. Mercy Children’s is one of only 250 children’s hospitals in the U.S. and the only one in St. Louis County.
Mercy is the eighth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, nearly 300 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,700 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.