2017-11-16 / Front Page

Rotary donation helps with funding for operation of telehealth program


Wills Memorial Hospital Director of Nursing Angie Radford and Community Relations Director Susan D. Pope (center) accept a donation for telehealth systems from Washington Rotary Club members (l-r) Amethyst Wynn, Paula Stevens, Terry Boswell, and Michael Horgan. Wills Memorial Hospital Director of Nursing Angie Radford and Community Relations Director Susan D. Pope (center) accept a donation for telehealth systems from Washington Rotary Club members (l-r) Amethyst Wynn, Paula Stevens, Terry Boswell, and Michael Horgan. The Washington Rotary Club donated a portion of the funding needed to purchase telehealth equipment for Wills Memorial Hospital’s Community Medical Associates (CMA) Washington office.

Rotary’s donation supports the operation of the school system’s telehealth program, the Tiger Health Clinic, school-based clinics that are located at the primary and elementary schools, with a mobile unit available to service the middle and high schools. Students and faculty have the opportunity to be seen virtually by a CMA provider without having to be absent from school.

“We have already seen our first student and look forward to seeing more as parents and teachers realize the benefits of telehealth at school,” said CMA Office Manager Toi Jackson.

Telehealth is especially helpful with the management of existing medical conditions including ADD and asthma. It can also be used in the care of acute illnesses such as sore throat and earache. “We’re excited that Rotary is helping the hospital bring new medical technology to Wilkes County that will benefit our children,” said Community Relations Director Susan D. Pope.

For more information about telehealth, contact the Washington CMA office at 706-678-6944 or a school nurse.

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