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D-HH opens new tele-intensive care unit hub

LEBANON – Patients at hospitals throughout New England who are in need of intensive care can now benefit from the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Center for Connected Care’s Tele-Intensive Care Unit Program.

Located in a newly renovated, technologically innovative and dedicated space at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, the D-H TeleICU hub is staffed with board-certified intensivists (physicians who have undergone advanced training in providing care for critically ill patients) and critical care nurses. The team collaborates with bedside clinicians in rural hospitals to provide real-time care, support, monitoring and clinical consultations, allowing even the most critically ill patients to receive care close to home. The clinicians communicate using state-of-the-art, two-way, interactive audiovisual technology.

In addition to serving partner facilities, such as Cheshire Medical Center, a member of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health in Keene and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, Vermont, DHMC has wired its own medical, surgical and neurological intensive care units into the system.

“We’ve incorporated TeleICU in our own medical center because we recognize its ability to support our physician and nursing staff,” Stephen Surgenor, MD, MS, medical director for D-H TeleICU, said.