U of U Health to Provide TeleICU Services at Evanston Regional Hospital
Evanston Regional Hospital announced an agreement with Salt Lake City-based University of Utah Health (U of U Health) that will extend the resources of a premier health care institute to Evanston and the surrounding communities.
The agreement provides Evanston Regional Hospital with telehealth for critical care in the intensive care unit. Telehealth is the delivery of health care via technology to patients in rural and remote areas.
Gordon Crabtree, CEO of U of U Health, said, “We know patients and their family members don’t want to travel while dealing with health care crises. Because of this agreement, the people of Evanston don’t have to travel to receive care.”
When patients enter Evanston Regional Hospital with critical care needs, providers at Evanston Regional can communicate instantly with U of U Health providers via video conferencing or telephone to collaborate about the best course of treatment for the patient.
U of U Health officials are optimistic that the partnership will position both organizations for success in a rapidly evolving health care environment. “We want to be a resource to help residents across the Mountain West access top-notch care, no matter where they live,” said Ted Kimball, M.D., TeleHealth Medical Director at U of U Health.
“Evanston Regional Hospital is committed to offering quality health care close to home. This partnership better allows community members to stay local to receive the care they need,” says Jeremy Davis, CEO of Evanston Regional Hospital.
Both organizations emphasize the agreement does not change ownership, local control and governance, or restrict patient choice in providers.