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January 17, 2013

Saint Anthony's Health Center to Launch Specialists On Call's Teleneurology Service

Telemedicine services provider, Specialists On Call, Inc., (SOC) has reached an agreement with Saint Anthony’s Health Center in Illinois to provide emergency on-call services to neurology patients. This guarantees that Illinois public will, for the first time, have immediate 24/7/365 access to certified, neurologists in case of stroke or any other neurologic emergency.

Established in 1925, at Alton, Illinois, Saint Anthony’s Health Center is renowned for its award winning healthcare services catering to central Illinois and the surrounding areas. Latest technology and state of the art treatment and medicine is administered with compassion and skill, in the 199 bed facility, which sprawls across the twin campuses of Saint Anthony’s Health Center and Saint Clare’s Hospital.

"We’re always been investing in new technologies in order to provide our community the best possible care," commented E.J. Kuiper, Saint Anthony’s Health Center’s president and chief executive officer. “Specialists On Call’s teleneurology service is a terrific offering that will pay tremendous dividends in the stroke care we deliver to our patients."

"As a member of the MidAmerica Stroke Network, we’re committed to providing fast, high-level stroke care," added Dr. Ghanem Abusbeih, Saint Anthony’s Health Center’s ED medical director. "Teleneurology expedites that care. The teleneurologist is available within 15 minutes and is immediately able to evaluate the patient’s CT scan which was performed upon their arrival. It’s incredibly efficient and beneficial for our stroke patients."

Specialists On Call’s chief executive officer, Dr. Joe Peterson, added; “We’re proud to grow our service in the Midwest and happy to enter Illinois with such an innovative hospital as Saint Anthony’s Health Center. They are a forward thinking organization with a track record of embracing new developments in healthcare and they’re a perfect candidate for telemedicine. We look forward to helping them with their most critical neurology patients.”

Since its inception, Specialists On Call has delivered over 60,000 telemedicine consultations and provides teleneurology services to hospitals in 26 states. They also offer telepsychiatry services to assist emergency departments in hospitals deal with acute situations as well as inpatient psychiatric consultation and coverage. Recognized as the leading name in telemedicine industry today, SOC has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval as a reward for their impeccable reliability and performance.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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