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TeleHealth Services

The Future of Rural Medicine is Now 

We understand the critical nature of access to quality health care for Eastern Oregon. Our vision has always been to seek out and bring home the best health care available. Since 2007, we have done that through our nationally recognized and award-winning Telemedicine program. We expanded the options for rural healthcare with medical consults, specialty care, education and more. Nearly a decade later, the future of your health care here at home is our broader system of Telehealth services.

Telehealth and Telemedicine

Telehealth is the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care (Telemedicine), patient and professional health-related education and administration via video-conferencing, the internet, streaming media, wireless communications and more. Telehealth is an even broader scope of remote healthcare services that includes Telemedicine.  

Outpatient Services

Telemedicine in our outpatient clinics provide access to specialists who are not available locally in our community.

Endocrinology

Walla Walla clinic, Walla Walla Washington

Emily Castillo, NP with the Walla Walla Clinic, sees patients every Thursday morning at the Regional Medical Clinic.  She sees diabetic patients 18 and older including those on insulin pumps.  Emily Castillo will see patients for their first appointment in Walla Walla, Washington.

Physician Referrals:   Fax:  (509) 522-1581 at Walla Walla Clinic

Heart Failure, Transplant, & Heart Assist Devices

OHSU, Portland, Oregon

James Mudd, MD with OHSU, sees patients as needed either at the Regional Medical Clinic or the main campus of Grande Ronde Hospital.  His expertise is in heart failure and heart transplant candidates. He also sees patients who have received heart assist devices such as LVAD (left ventricular assist devices). These heart assist devices can be considered as bridges to transplant while patients wait for a scarce donor heart. 

Physician Referrals:  1-800-245-6478 at OHSU

Medical Oncology

St. Alphonsus, Boise, Idaho

Maynard Bronstein, MD, PhD practices oncology and is based at Grande Ronde Hospital.  Telemedicine services are provided for his established patients by St. Alphonsus oncologists when Dr. Bronstein is out for extended periods so that there is no lapse in care.  Patients still arrive at Dr. Bronstein’s office at Grande Ronde Hospital but see the oncologist on call via In-Touch robot technology, so there is no need to travel to Boise.

Neurology

OHSU, Portland, Oregon

John Nutt, MD and Jeff Kraakevik, MD with OHSU, see patients as needed at the Regional Medical Clinic.  They specialize in the evaluation and treatment of Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders.

Physician Referrals:  1-800-245-6478 at OHSU

Rheumatology

St. Alphonsus, Baker City, Oregon

Leslie Jackson, MD with St. Alponsus Medical Center, sees patients every Thursday afternoon at the Regional Medical Clinic.  She sees patients with autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, polymyalgia, fibromyalgia, lupus, Sjogren’s, and more.  Dr. Jackson will see patients for their first appointment in Baker City, Oregon.

Physician Referrals:   Fax: (541) 523-1799 at St. Alphonsus Medical Center

Stroke

OHSU, Portland, Oregon

Wayne Clark, MD of the OHSU Stroke Center, sees patients as needed at the Regional Medical Clinic for post-stroke care and recovery.  Typically these patients were treated for their acute stroke event at OHSU and then enrolled in their research trials.

If you, or someone with you, may be having a stroke, call 911 immediately.


Inpatient and Emergency Services

Through our telehealth program, we are able to tap into specialty expertise that is typically only available in larger cities.  If you present to our emergency department or admitted to our hospital, our local hospital staff may request the services of doctors listed below.  

Adult Hospitalists

Eagle Hospital Physicians, Atlanta, Georgia

Our tele-hospitalist group provides nightly call coverage along with 24/7 support services for our Hospitalists. Their expertise combined with the use of our In-Touch robot technology helps make our Hospitalist program superior.

  • Elmira Basaly, MD– Titusville, Florida
  • Dana Giarrizzi, DO– Fort Mill, South Carolina
  • Brian Hunt, MD – Lawrence, Kansas
  • Jason Kimball, MD – Lawrence, Kansas
  • Philip Klahr, MD – New York, New York
  • Jayne Lee, MD – Paris, France
  • Marcus Scarbrough, MD – Lawrence, Kansas

Adult Intensivists

Advanced ICU Care, St. Louis, Missouri and New York, New York

This service provides around-the-clock access to a team of board-certified Intensivists who assist our Hospitalists in caring for our ICU patients. Advanced ICU Care uses In-Touch robot technology to provide the highest level of care recommended for hospitals today.

  • Francis Ntimba, MD
  • Michael Walter, MD
  • Elizabeth Babb, MD
  • Faisal Khasawneh, MD 

Emergency Department

St. Alphonsus, Boise, Idaho
Services offered: stroke, acute myocardial infarction, trauma, septic shock

St. Alphonsus provides GRH with access to their specialty physician teams, including their Neuroscience Institute. More information on their Telestroke Program can be found here: https://www.saintalphonsus.org/stroke-center

Neonatologists

St. Alphonsus, Boise, Idaho

Stewart Lawrence, MD from St. Alphonsus lends his expertise to our team for premature and critically ill babies.  

PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit)

OHSU, Portland, Oregon

OHSU has a team of pediatric critical care specialists who are available for consults for our GRH physicians; their knowledge covers a vast spectrum of health issues including trauma, surgery, respiratory, cardiac, hematology/oncology and neurologic disorders.


Ancillary Services

  • Pharmacy - St. Alphonsus, Baker City, Oregon
  • Radiology - StatRad Company, San Diego, California

Staff Education

Telehealth is starting to be used to train and keep our staff up to date in the latest best practices within their area of care.

  • Cardiology and ER Grand RoundsSt. Alphonsus, Boise, Idaho
  • Perioperative Training / Interactive SurgerySt. Alphonsus, Boise, Idaho
  • TelePainCenter for Pain Relief, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, Washington

Supplemental Telehealth Services


Foreign Language & Sign Language Interpretation

If a patient needs to converse in a language other than English, or are deaf, hearing or speech impaired, our hospital may use the service of Passport to Languages.This service has interpreters for over 160 foreign languages, and the ability to provide video remote interpreting services via the In-Touch robot.

TeleVisit & NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) - TeleBaby

Sometimes life takes unexpected turns and patients, including newborns, may be urgently transported to another hospital within the region.  If new parents or family find themselves unexpectedly separated from their loved ones, we can arrange for a TeleVisit if the patient is admitted to any of the hospitals listed below.

  • St. Alphonsus, Boise, Idaho; Nampa, Idaho; Ontario, Oregon; Baker City, Oregon
  • Legacy Health System, Portland, Oregon
  • OHSU, Portland, Oregon
  • Providence Telemedicine, Network, Portland, Oregon
  • Salem Hospital, Salem, Oregon

 

 

Contact Us

We welcome your questions or suggestions. You may contact our Telehealth Coordinator by email telehealth@grh.org or calling 541-963-1420.

Did you know?

In 2009, due to our leadership in remote present technology, we were the first Oregon recipient of the national Outstanding Rural Health Organization award.

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