Harrison County Hospital
Harrison County Hospital
1141 Hospital Drive NWCorydon, IN 47112(812) 738-4251
Through an affiliation agreement with Norton Healthcare, residents of Harrison and Crawford counties in Indiana, and Meade County, Ky., an area of approximately 60,000 residents, now have improved access to Norton Healthcare specialists.
Patients at Harrison County Hospital can receive prevention, detection and treatment services from Norton Healthcare specialists in heart, neurosurgical and cancer care. Having convenient, close-to-home specialty care is the goal of the collaboration between Norton Healthcare and Harrison County Hospital.
Norton Heart and Vascular Center at Harrison County Hospital
Residents of Southern Indiana now have more convenient access to the experienced, comprehensive heart and vascular services of Norton Healthcare at Harrison County Hospital. Our experienced team of board-certified cardiologists and heart and vascular surgeons provide a number of prevention, detection and treatment services. Comprehensive, noninvasive diagnostic services are offered by highly skilled registered technologists at Harrison County Hospital.
When it comes to helping prevent and diagnose heart and vascular disease, developing a program to encourage a healthier lifestyle or providing advanced medical or surgical care, Norton Heart and Vascular Center combines compassionate care with some of the most sophisticated technology to offer comprehensive, quality care for patients and families.
On Feb. 24, 2012, officials from Harrison County Hospital in Corydon, Indiana and Norton Healthcare in Louisville, Kentucky announced that the two health care organizations would enter into a new formal affiliation agreement building on their previous affiliation relationship that has been in place since 1981.
The agreement features these key elements:
Full access by Harrison County 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. Harrison on County Hospital management and staff will also have access to Norton University management and leadership development classes, offered in Louisville and Corydon. Harrison County 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 Harrison County Hospital. This will include the establishment of several new subspecialty clinics and clinical services at Harrison County Hospital: Norton Heart Care, Norton Vascular Services, Norton Cancer Institute, Norton Neuroscience Institute, Norton Leatherman Spine Center, clinical affiliations, tele-medicine (connecting Harrison County Hospital physcians and patients with Norton Healthcare's physcian specialists via television) and tele-echography (a medical examination performed from 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 Harrison County 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.
More formal advancement of resources around physician alignment and strengthening Harrison County Hospital's physician access.
The affiliation between rural healthcare, such Harrison County Hospital and tertiary partners, such as Norton Healthcare, will better position Harrison County 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, HCH 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,” Espoito 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 Harrison County Hospital is available at http://www.nortonhealthcare.com/body.cfm?id=1402&action=detail&ref=417.
About Harrison County Hospital
Harrison County Hospital has continuously served the people of Harrison County since 1950. Today the 25-bed critical access acute care community hospital serves the health care needs of a much broader and growing population of Harrison and Crawford counties in Indiana and Meade County in Kentucky – a service area of approximately 60,000 residents. The health care services it provides include acute inpatient and outpatient hospital services, home health care, health education, health screening, wellness and rehabilitative care. More information about Harrison County Hospital is available at hchin.org.