Carroll County Memorial Hospital
Carroll County Memorial Hospital
309 11th St.
Carrollton, KY 41008
Carroll County Memorial Hospital employs more than 250 staff. The hospital serves 14,000 people annually through outpatient services, 3,000 through inpatient services and 27,000 through physician services. Through an affiliation agreement with Norton Healthcare, residents of Carroll County now have improved access to Norton Healthcare specialists.
Patients at Carroll County Memorial Hospital can receive prevention, detection and treatment services from Norton Healthcare specialists in heart, neurosurgical and cancer care, as well as specialists in obstetrics and maternal-fetal medicine. Having convenient, close-to-home specialty care is the goal of the collaboration between Norton Healthcare and Carroll County Memorial Hospital.
Norton Heart and Vascular Center at Carroll County Memorial Hospital
Residents of Carroll County and surrounding areas in north central Kentucky now have more convenient access to the comprehensive heart and vascular services of Norton Heart Care at Carroll County Hospital. Our experienced team of board-certified cardiologists and heart and vascular surgeons provide a number of prevention, detection and treatment services. Highly skilled registered technologists at Carroll County Hospital offer comprehensive, noninvasive diagnostic services.
On Feb. 21, 2012 officials of Carroll County Memorial Hospital in Carrollton, Kentucky, and Norton Healthcare in Louisville, Kentucky entered into a new formal affiliation agreement, building on the success of a previous affiliation relationship.
The new agreement features these key elements:
Full access by Carroll County Memorial Hospital medical providers and staff to the extensive training, education and management development services provided by Norton University. These include more than 500 free, accredited online courses in 19 distinct disciplines, including administration, clinical laboratory science, dietetics, emergency medical services, medical records, nurse aide/nursing assistant, nursing, occupational therapy, patient education, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician, physician (ethics), radiologic technology, required safety, respiratory therapy, social work, support staff, and wellness/personal enrichment. Carroll County Memorial Hospital management and staff will also have access to Norton University management and leadership development classes, offered both in Louisville and Carrollton. Carroll County Memorial Hospital management will also have the opportunity to attend Norton Healthcare’s management development conferences in Louisville.
Development of new and existing clinical programs and services through extension of expertise and resources associated with Norton Healthcare’s clinical service lines and centers of excellence to help make that care more available in the communities served by Carroll County Memorial Hospital. This will include the establishment of several new subspecialty clinics and clinical services at Carroll County Memorial Hospital: Norton Heart Care, Norton Vascular Services, Norton Neuroscience Institute, Norotn Women's Care, Norton Orthopaedic Care, clinical affiliations and tele-medicine, a tele-communication system that allows patients to receive medical information and consultantion from a specialist miles away.
Better coordination of continuity of care for patients who do require specialized or tertiary care and need to seek that care outside of the communities served by Carroll County Memorial Hospital. This will include resources such as enhanced use of the Norton Healthcare Access Center, which serves as a single point of access for patients, families and physicians, to connect with physicians and services available through Norton Healthcare. One phone number is all you need.
The affiliation between rural healthcare, such Carroll County Memorial Hospital and tertiary partners, such as Norton Healthcare, will better position Carroll County Memorial Hospital to manage the inevitable but unknown changes that are rapidly coming to the health care industry under health care reform.
In addition to the benefits of the new affiliation agreement, Carroll County Memorial Hospital has been announced as one of three rural hospitals in Kentucky and Indiana to receive a grant to install telemedicine equipment. According to Ed Green, reporter for Business First, Mike Esposito, system executive of service line operations for Norton Healthcare, expressed his anticipation for the new project. “It’s really exciting,” Esposito said. “Over the last several years, we’ve really invested in telemedicine. … This is very comprehensive. A physician in Louisville can provide a bed side evaluation at a rural facility.” The grants, made by the Norton Healthcare Foundation, resulted from funding provided through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Program. Medical carts outfitted with video conferencing equipment and peripheral devices such as digital stethoscopes will connect to specialists operating laptop control stations at Norton Healthcare’s five hospitals in Louisville. The medical carts provide a way for the hospitals' specialists to virtually be at the patient’s bedside for examination, consultation, referrals and prescriptions. Through the video connection, the physicians can also access the patient’s medical record and document notes in the system. With an emphasis on pulmonary, cardiology, neurology and critical care, the goals of the project are to reduce the number of patients transferred to hospitals outside of their communities, and reduce the number of critically ill patients needing transfers, which can jeopradize their health. It will also decrease the overall cost of patient care while increasing the quality of personalized care.
The Affiliation Agreement Announcement between Norton Healthcare and Carroll County Memorial Hospital is available at http://www.nortonhealthcare.com/body.cfm?id=25&action=detail&ref=416.
About Carroll County Memorial Hospital
The 25-bed Carroll County Memorial Hospital, located in Carrollton, Kentucky, is a critical access hospital that serves residents in Carroll, Trimble, Gallatin, Owen and Henry counties in Kentucky. The hospital, which employs more than 250 health care professionals, serves 14,000 people annually through outpatient services, 3,000 through inpatient services, 12,000 through its emergency department, and 27,000 through its physician services. More information about Carroll County Memorial Hospital is available at ccmhosp.com.