RMC Receives eCARE Emergency and Pharmacy Grant Funding

Posted 5/30/2019 in Regional Medical Center

Being prepared in the event of a medical emergency is crucial. Regional Medical Center (RMC) is committed to ensuring we have the best providers and staff and that our facilities and equipment is up-to-date with the latest technology available to help in these medical emergencies. We are proud to have been honored as the #1 Level IV Trauma facility in the state in 2018. As we strive to remain a top Level IV Trauma facility in Iowa, we are excited to announce our newest technology advancement coming to RMC this fall!

Thanks to a new eCare Emergency telemedicine program funded by a 3 year $185,453 grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Rural Health Program, RMC will soon have an enhanced communication system within the Emergency Department. Using high-definition live video and sound equipment, RMC will have the ability to be connected with Avera Health in Sioux Falls, S.D., where emergency professionals are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When activated, the eCARE Emergency virtual team at Avera can both see and hear everything that is taking place in the emergency room. They can help guide care and provide consultations on difficult cases as well as help with patient flow during busy time periods, if needed. This can be seen as another tool or resource to assist our great team of providers. “Our goal is to ensure that people who live in rural America have access to quality healthcare as close to home as possible,” said Walter Panzirer, a trustee of the Helmsley Charitable Trust.

In addition to the eCARE Emergency grant, RMC was awarded the 3 year eCARE Pharmacy grant funding of $279,238. Receiving this grant will allow for the replacement of a current service RMC has for 24/7 medication dispensing as well as the installation of a new medication dispensing system. Again, with this grant, RMC will be connected with Avera Health if pharmacist consultations are needed and have the ability to dispense the medications through an automated system on site at RMC.

“At Regional Medical Center, we are committed to delivering the best possible healthcare to our community. The addition of telemedicine and the new medication dispensing system are wonderful technology advancements and will complement the care provided at RMC for our communities,” shared Charlie Button, Chief Executive Officer. “Both systems are anticipated to be operational by September. We really appreciate the assistance of the Helmsley Charitable Trust to make this possible.”

About the Helmsley Charitable Trust

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting exceptional efforts in the U.S. and around the world in health and select place-based initiatives. Since beginning active grantmaking in 2008, Helmsley has committed more than $2.4 billion for a wide range of charitable purposes. Helmsley’s Rural Healthcare Program funds innovative projects that use information technologies to connect rural patients to emergency medical care, bring the latest medical therapies to patients in remote areas, and provide state-of-the-art training for rural hospitals and EMS personnel. To date, this program has awarded more than $395 million to organizations and initiatives in the upper Midwest states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Minnesota, Iowa, and Montana.  For more information, visit www.helmsleytrust.org.