October 15, 2020
Partnership aiming to elevate neonatal care close to home
Cheyenne, WY– Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (CRMC) and Children’s Hospital Colorado (Children’s Colorado) announced today that they have expanded their care alliance partnership to include tele-neonatology services. Focused on elevating the care of Wyoming’s tiniest patients in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at CRMC, providers in Wyoming will have access to consultation support from neonatal specialists at Children’s Colorado, a leading top ten Children’s Hospital.
The CRMC Foundation also gives support to the Mother-Baby Unit in many ways to provide advanced care to Wyoming babies. The Foundation recognized the importance of this work within the Care Alliance and in late 2019 graciously awarded a grant for state-of-the-art telemedicine equipment—with an all-in-one mobile deployment.
This new video-based tele-neonatology service will supplement the existing 24/7 phone consultation support provided by Children’s Colorado. The new tele-neonatology service will support clinical decision-making, including the need for a transfer, and will also offer guidance for patient stabilization prior to transfer. Both organizations are focused on elevating care locally and preventing unessential patient transfer, which can lead to undue financial and parental stress.
“We are excited for our new, expanded consultation capabilities made possible by generous funding from the Cheyenne Regional Foundation” said Joanne Hassell, MD, CRMC’s Chief of Pediatrics. “Through the Care Alliance and our collaboration with the world-renowned Children’s Hospital of Colorado, neonatologists in Denver can now visually assess and consult on patients virtually to provide more accurate recommendations for courses of treatment. Through our adoption of this state-of-the-art technology, we will not only be able to include the caregivers of these children in the consultation but realize our goal of keeping more babies closer to home during this critical time.”
“We are proud to be partnering with Cheyenne Regional Medical Center to support the excellent care already being provided in Cheyenne,” said Jeanne Zenge, MD, lead tele-neonatologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado. “By adding another layer of assessment and connection with the patient’s medical care team, we believe telehealth sessions will provide invaluable support and guidance to practitioners, patients and their families.”
About Cheyenne Regional Medical Center
An affiliate of UCHealth, the Cheyenne Regional Health System is Wyoming’s largest comprehensive health system, serving southeastern Wyoming, southwestern Nebraska and northern Colorado. At the heart of the system is Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (CRMC), a 206-bed tertiary hospital offering a regional trauma center, heart and vascular institute and regional cancer center. Also part of the system is Cheyenne Regional Medical Group, the largest physician/provider group in Wyoming with more than 75 providers and 17 specialties. Cheyenne Regional provides a full continuum of care, from birth through end of life, including the Davis Hospice Center, an inpatient facility known throughout the region for its quality of care. Cheyenne Regional is also home to the Wyoming Institute of Population Health, focused on proactive approaches to patient care and population health management. In 2020 CRMC was recognized as a top 5-star hospital by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, achieved Magnet status for nursing excellence, received Chest Pain Certification and was named one of America’s 250 best hospitals for clinical outcomes and one of America’s 100 best hospitals for general surgery by Healthgrades.
About Children’s Hospital Colorado
Children’s Hospital Colorado is one of the nation’s leading and most expansive pediatric healthcare systems with a mission to improve the health of children through patient care, education, research and advocacy. Founded in 1908 and recognized as a top ten children’s hospital by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s Colorado has established itself as a pioneer in the discovery of innovative and groundbreaking treatments that are shaping the future of pediatric healthcare worldwide. Children’s Colorado offers a full spectrum of family-centered care at its urgent, emergency and specialty care locations throughout Colorado, including its location on the Anschutz Medical Campus, and across the region. In 2019, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs, opened as the first pediatric-only hospital in southern Colorado. For more information, visit www.childrenscolorado.org, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
Children’s Hospital Colorado complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.
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