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.”