Hospital, U of I OK agreement
KEOSAUQUA — The Van Buren County Hospital Board of Trustees has announced that it has signed an interim management agreement with the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. The agreement went into effect July 1 and will continue through September, possibly longer.
“This will provide the board the time it needs to give thoughtful consideration to the permanent placement of a CEO which will best meet the needs of VBCH,” said Lloyd Foster, board chairperson.
Jill Kordick, director of outreach services, has been selected by UIHC, with the board’s approval, to be the interim CEO.
Van Buren County Hospital CEO Lisa Schnedler resigned last month.
Mental health provider offers telepsychiatry
FAIRFIELD — Southeast Iowa patients in need of behavioral health care will now have access to comprehensive resources in two locations, Life Solutions Behavioral Health in Fairfield and Ottumwa, thanks to a new program utilizing telemedicine services.
Life Solutions Behavioral Health has formed a partnership with VSee; provider of chat software for telehealth. Based out of Sunnyvale, Calif., VSee telemedicine provides medical video chats with Electronic Health screen share and medical device streaming to more than 2.5 million Americans, including patients with Harvard Medical School, Stanford Hospitals & Clinics, and the National Institutes of Health.
“Our primary concern has historically been related to the recruiting of psychiatrists and other professionals to practice in this part of the state,” said Tracy Liptak, Life Solutions Regional Clinical director. “It really boils down to access issues for the people that live here. Telepsychiatry allows us to enhance the quality and efficiency of care for some of our community’s most vulnerable members.”
Telepsychiatry is psychiatric care delivered via video conferencing technology. It has been proven as an effective way to address issues of access to mental health care to underserved communities.