With telemedicine becoming more of a necessity, especially in rural areas, Western Plains Medical Complex has added to their tools to use.

Patients with neurology needs will now be able to have access to SOC Telemed, a new virtual health care.

SOC Telemed will provide patients access to neurology services 24 hours a day, seven days a week from WPMC.

"In an emergency, every second counts," said Scott Smith, CEO of Western Plains Medical Complex. "Our partnership with SOC Telemed will offer comprehensive emergency neurology and acute stroke support.

"Through the skill of our providers and technology, the community can receive high-quality neurological care close to home."

The service will avoid costly transfers for patients to receive neurological services right here in Dodge City.

According to WPMC, stroke is the fifth cause of death in developed countries – with SOC, neurologists will be available at a moment’s notice using live, two-way cameras, connecting patients directly with a neurologist.

"SOC Telemed has been excellent in that we have been able to customize the program to support our clinical best practice processes in critical care medicine," said Jay Fogg, Chief Nursing Officer at Western Plains Medical Complex.

In emergency situations, SOC Telemed will be available for treatment of a stroke, concussion, brain tumor or epilepsy and within its first two days of use, WPMC successfully used SOC Telemed for neurological cases.

Director of the Family Birth Center Ranae Riley RN, took the lead on the implementation of the program, working closely with Director of Emergency Services Tammy Priest.

"Tele-neurology allows us to access patients in need of specialized care, and allows for better patient outcomes overall," said Riley. "This collaboration will have a significant positive impact for the communities we serve."

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