Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center
Twin Lakes Regional Hospital Medical Center
910 Wallace Ave.Leitchfield, KY 42754(270) 259-9400
On Feb. 27, 2012, officials of Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center in Leitchfield, Kentucky and Norton Healthcare in Louisville, Kentucky announced that the two health care organizations would enter into a formal affiliation agreement.
The agreement features these key elements:
Full access by Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center 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. Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center management and staff will also have access to Norton University management and leadership development classes, offered in Louisville and Leitchfield. Twin Lake Regional Medical Center 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 Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center. This will involve the establishment of several new subspecialty clinics and clinical services at Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center: Norton Heart Care, Norton Vascular Services, clinical affiliations, tele-echography (a medical examination performed from miles away) and tele-medicine (connecting Twin Lake Regional Medical Center physcians and patients with Norton Healthcare's physcian specialists via television).
Better coordination of continuity of care for patients who require specialized or tertiary care and need to seek that care outside of the communities served by Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center. 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 Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center and tertiary partners, such as Norton Healthcare, will better position Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center 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, Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center 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 Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center is available at http://www.nortonhealthcare.com/body.cfm?id=1402&action=detail&ref=418.
About Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center
Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center, in Grayson County, Kentucky, is a 75-bed regional hospital providing inpatient and outpatient services to the residents of a six-county area with a population of more than 90,000. In 1951, concerned citizens made a commitment to serve the medical needs of the community by building the 14,000-square-foot Grayson County War Memorial Hospital. Located near the original facility, Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center has grown to almost 300,000 square feet, is now one of the region's largest employers, and has come to be recognized as a regional health care provider.
It is the vision of Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center to be recognized by the people it serves as the provider of choice for their health care needs and as a leading force for progressive change within its community. For more information on Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center, go to tlrmc.com or call (270) 259-9588.