Published: 02/15/2012

Evangelical Community Hospital partners with Geisinger to launch eICU® program

LEWISBURG, Pa. – Critically ill patients at Evangelical Community Hospital will now have access to an enhanced level of care from a newly established eICU® program, offered through a partnership with Geisinger Health System.

Utilizing Philips VISICU technology, the program’s team of Geisinger critical care physicians and nurses will remotely analyze patient data from monitors, life support systems, electronic health records, medical orders and other sources of information, and assist the critical care staff at Evangelical Community Hospital when a patient is trending toward a serious health event.

“The new eICU program will offer advanced care for our most critically ill patients” said Doyle Ashburn, D.O., medical director of critical care, Evangelical Community Hospital. “By using this new technology many patients who may have previously required transfers to tertiary hospitals, can continue to receive their care at Evangelical.”
 
The program will complement care delivered by critical care physicians at the bedside, according to John McIlwaine, D.O., director of the eICU at Geisinger Health System. Real-time voice and video communications, as well as data, will be utilized to ensure continuous remote monitoring of intensive care patients at Evangelical Community Hospital.

“Patients in the intensive care unit are at the highest risk because of their illness’ complexity. The vision of this program is to enhance patient safety, and the efficiency of care that is delivered,” said Dr. McIlwaine. “We are extremely pleased in our partnership with Evangelical Community Hospital in offering this advanced technology to those in the region who need these very critical services.”

Data suggests hospitals with eICU programs realize reduced mortality rates and patient lengths of stay.

About Evangelical Community Hospital

Evangelical Community Hospital is a non-profit organization that employs approximately 1,300 people and has more than 170 employed and non-employed physicians on staff. The Hospital is licensed to accommodate 127 overnight patients, 12 acute rehab patients and 18 bassinets. The Hospital serves residents throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley, including those living in Snyder, Union, Northumberland and Lycoming Counties, and has earned the HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award for four consecutive years. For more information visit www.evanhospital.com

About Geisinger Health System

Geisinger is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record, and the development and implementation of innovative care models including ProvenHealth Navigator, an advanced medical home model, and ProvenCare program. The system serves more than 2.6 million residents throughout 44 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org. Follow the latest Geisinger news and more at www.twitter.com/geisingerhealth  and www.facebook.com/geisingerhealth.

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