PITTSFIELD – John C. May, President and CEO of Sebasticook Valley Hospital, recently announced that the hospital is launching the latest advance in patient care called a “Virtual Intensive Care Unit.” With Virtual ICU hardware and software – camera, computer, and supportive equipment upgrades – patients in the SVH ICU will be able to have their vital signs monitored at both SVH and Eastern Maine Medical Center and the EMMC staff will have real time visual access to the ICU patients at SVH.
SVH medical and nursing staff will be able to confer any time of the day or night with the EMMC staff regarding a patient’s care. It will allow patients to receive high quality state-of-the-art ICU care at their own local hospital and will help avoid transfers and duplicative tests at larger medical care facilities, thus saving health care costs.
While a portion of the project is supported by grant funding, SVH’s portion will be approximately $235,000. The July 2008 SVH Benefit Golf Tournament proceeds of $39,191 are being dedicated to the fundraising efforts for this project to benefit SVH patients and to help SVH staff use state-of-the-art technology in delivering ICU patient care.