CHH Improves Access to Neurology Services For Patients

(Torrington, CT) – Committed to providing the most comprehensive and high-quality health services in northwest Connecticut, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) is pleased to introduce an innovative partnership with the Hartford Hospital Telehealth Network (HHTN) to improve patients’ access to specialty care. The addition of this program complements CHH’s established Neurology services. The collaboration with the HHTN utilizes neuro-telemedicine, which is the process by which electronic, visual, and audio communications are used by CHH practitioners to communicate with Neurologists from Hartford Hospital’s Health Network to provide diagnostic and consultation procedures.

Beginning in late April of 2015, CHH began using the service which will provide expert neurology coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. The service utilizes of state-of-the-art digital imaging and telecommunications technology to communicate between hospitals. With improved access to neurological care, patients can now receive a faster diagnosis and more immediate treatment that often reduces or eliminates the debilitating results of various ailments. For example, with the support of this team of available Neurologists, CHH physicians can more readily provide clot-busting drugs to patients who have had a stroke when literally seconds matter.

Dr. Kenrick Hom, Director of Hospital Medicine at CHH, said. “CHH’s collaboration with Hartford Hospital’s Telehealth Network provides high quality, specialty care typically not found in the community hospital setting. With this partnership, our patients can remain in at the hospital in their community and may not have to be transferred to another care facility for further treatment.”

When a patient at CHH first displays symptoms consistent with a neurological condition and a CHH Neurologist is not available, the patient’s local multidisciplinary care team now has the ability to consult and collaborate with an additional team of Hartford Hospital board-certified and credentialed neurologists with an average of more than 10 years of experience. Within 15 minutes of CHH’s staff initiating contact with the HHTN, a specialist provides a comprehensive, real-time neurological assessment to help evaluate, diagnose and provide recommendations for treatment. Using the most innovative technology, the patient and his or her family are able to consult with a specialist.

“This service ensures that an experienced Neurologist is at a patient’s bedside completing a thorough exam within minutes. It is these types of collaborations for patients and his or her loved ones that demonstrate our commitment to achieving clinical excellence.” said Patty Sullivan-Polletta, Administrative Director of Ancillary Services at CHH.

In addition to care for strokes, the HHTN also supports rapid access to consultation for patients displaying symptoms consistent with aneurysms, brain tumors, concussions, epilepsy and other conditions that can affect the head and spine. All CHH patients, regardless of their location within the Hospital, have access to these services.

The addition of the Hartford Hospital Telehealth Network complements services offered by CHH Neurology, part of the CHH Mutli-Specialty Group. The CHH Neurology care team provides expert consultative, diagnostic and therapeutic services for a full range of neurological conditions including migraine headaches, stroke, brain injury, Parkinson’s Disease, seizure disorders, including epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, neuropathy, dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. For information and appointments, please call (860) 626-8232.

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for information.

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