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Stepping it up for Acute Care

TVHC and University of Utah Hospitals & Clinics (UUHC) have expanded telemedicine services to include TeleAcute Care for eligible Teton Valley Hospital in-patients.  Acute care offers an intermediate level of medical attention for patients who require more medical attention than an inpatient with general health management needs and a bit less attention than patients in an intensive care unit.

Hospital intensivists from UUHC will be available 24/7 to assist with patient oversight in real-time through use of Dr. Responder, TVHC’s onsite robot. Specialists can speak with patients, perform basic visual exams and confer with local medical and nursing staff about diagnoses, treatment and follow-up care.

Angela Booker, Chief Nursing Officer, believes that many patients

will benefit from this added service which will allow these patients to remain close to home.

“Our nurses and medical providers are already experienced in delivering acute care and of course, we have the appropriate licensures. Now that UUHC has partnered with us for round-the-clock patient management, we’re ready to offer this higher level of care for our community.”

For more information on our telemedicine partnership with UUHC, click here.

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Hospital renovations include new exam rooms, specialty clinic

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Driggs Health Clinic has expanded its clinic space with the addition of 6 new exam rooms, a shared physicians’ office and renovated echo-cardiology stress testing room. The new area is located inside the east entrance of Teton Valley Hospital, replacing a physical therapy rehabilitation space that was relocated closer to in-patient rooms. The expansion was needed to accommodate growing clientele for specialty services such as cardiology, neurology, and pain management.

Cardiologists Dr. Patrick Gorman, Dr. Blake Wachter and Dr. Douglas Blank travel from their practices in Idaho Falls to hold regularly scheduled clinic hours in the new space. Neurologist Dr. Brad Talcott, also from Idaho Falls, has added dates to his local schedule in response to patients’ requests. Dr. Marc Porot offers a minimum of 5 days per month to visit with patients about pain management.  Echo-cardio technicians from University of Utah Hospital and from Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center provide rotating appointment dates.

“We anticipate adding more specialties in the near future in direct response to patient requests and our community’s level of need,” says Keith Gnagey, CEO for Teton Valley Health Care.

“Teton Valley is fairly isolated and it can be especially hard to drive out of town during the winter. I would rather have one doctor make the trip from Idaho Falls than have 20 local residents make the trip.”

Teton Valley Health Care is entering phase two of a project to update and refresh the appearance of the facility. Phase One started with the refurbishing of the Driggs Health Clinic reception area followed by a total makeover of the Medical Imaging suite that included a new digital X-ray and fluoroscopy unit.  In spring, the Aesthetics exam area was completed and now, after three months of construction, the specialty clinic has opened.  Phase Two will bring about completion of hospital patient room updates, hospital hallway re-flooring and renovation of the laboratory clinical area.

“I avoid giving timelines for projects such as these because facility improvements depend largely on the financial health of our organization. TVHC doesn’t own the hospital bricks and mortar, the County retains ownership of the building. It’s our responsibility to maintain and improve the property for our community and that’s one reason for setting these renovation goals,” said Gnagey.

The Teton Valley Hospital Foundation provided $75,000 in funding for this project.

TVHC invites everyone to come and visit the new specialty clinic during a Community Open House scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 2 from 5-7 p.m. Appetizers will be served along with a chance to win raffle prizes including $50 gift cards to Peaked Sports or The Wardrobe Company. Please contact Ann Loyola at (208) 354-6301 or aloyola@tvhcare.org for more information. As always, full hospital tours are available throughout the week.

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TVHC website earns national recognition

TVHC website earns national recognition

TVHC website macbook mockupTeton Valley Health Care recently received a bronze level award from The Aster Awards for its website, tvhcare.org.

The Aster Awards, one of the largest national competitions of its kind, is hosted by Marketing Healthcare Today Magazine and Creative Images, Inc. This elite program recognized outstanding healthcare professionals for excellence in their advertising/marketing efforts for the calendar year 2014.

The 2015 Aster Awards received nearly 3,000 entries from across the United States as well as several foreign countries. All entries are judged by industry experts and are scored on multiple criteria with a possibility of 100 total points. Participant’s entries competed against similar-sized organizations in their specific groups and categories.

Awards were issued for entries that received top marks from judges placing them in the top 16% of the nation for advertising excellence. Judging criteria included creativity, layout and design, functionality, message effectiveness, production quality and overall appeal.

“The creativity of this year’s participating healthcare marketing professionals exceeded our expectations. The 2015 Aster Awards program contained some of the best and most creative advertising in the world,” said Melinda Lucas, Aster Awards program coordinator.

Teton Valley Health Care competed in the “Hospitals with under 75 beds” group, and earned a third place recognition among the website category’s 32 submissions.

All winners are posted on the Aster Awards website as well as published in Marketing Healthcare Today.

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