TISHOMINGO, Okla. - Patients at Mercy Hospital Tishomingo will soon have additional access to specialists closer to home thanks to new technology.
A $10,000 grant was donated to Mercy Health Foundation by the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation to fund the expansion of telemedicine services at the hospital.
The money will be used to purchase cameras and equipment for two patient rooms. The technology uses two-way audio and video equipment and allows patients to connect virtually with physicians across the Mercy network.
“Our patients and family members have been extremely receptive to this new technology,” said Ladonna Culp, an advanced practice registered nurse who specializes in telemedicine at Mercy Hospital Tishomingo. Culp works directly with the patients who receive care via telemedicine.
Culp says the expanded care has greatly increased the quality of care for patients.
“They love having access to specialists without having to travel hours away for care. They develop relationships with the physicians they see on video. The patients love that they schedule follow-up appointments with the same doctor after they leave the hospital.”
Mercy Hospital Tishomingo hopes to expand telemedicine services in the emergency department and medical surgical unit this year.
The Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation was founded by the late Carolyn Watson, CEO and chairman of Shamrock Bank, N.A., in 1995 to improve the quality of life in rural Oklahoma communities. Through grant and scholarship programs administered by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, the organization promotes education, health, literacy and arts and the humanities in rural Oklahoma. Since its inception, the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation has awarded more than $1.3 million in grants to schools, teachers and communities in rural Oklahoma. For more information, please visit www.ruraloklahoma.org.