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BSFMC Partners with Access Physicians

Access Physicians and Big South Fork Medical Center Launch Telehospitalist Service

May 25, 2021 (Oneida, Tennessee) – Big South Fork Medical Center has contracted with the nation’s leading multispecialty telemedicine physician group to bring telehospitalists to the hospital to increase in-patient services. This means patients can receive timely, local care for more complex health care conditions and avoid transfer to facilities further away.

“Access Physicians prides itself on working with forward-thinking hospitals to enhance the delivery of clinical excellence locally,” said Chris Gallagher, M.D., president, Access Physicians, a division of SOC Telemed. “Residents of Scott County rely on Big South Fork Medical Center to be there for them. With our presence, Big South Fork Medical Center can be a valuable medical resource.”
“We are extremely excited to partner with Access Physicians to enhance the level of care provided at Big South Fork Medical Center” said Hal Leftwich, CEO. “Access Physicians will provide our hospital with 24/7, 365 days a year telehospitalist coverage — enabling our hospital to keep more patients close to home with access to the care they need.”

This new relationship enables Big South Fork Medical Center to connect a patient with an Access Physicians board-certified hospitalist via secure, high-resolution technology. On-site nurses and other physicians will now have access to the highest level of consultation to diagnose and treat patients with any number of complex and high-acuity conditions.

The telehospitalists manage all aspects of a patient’s hospital care and provide real-time diagnosis and consultations.
“This partnership with some of the nation’s premier telemedicine groups further demonstrates our commitment to innovation to provide better patient care and sustainable rural health care,” said Leftwich.

In March 2021, Access Physicians joined SOC Telemed (SOC), the leading national provider of acute telemedicine technology and solutions to hospitals, health systems, post-acute providers, physician networks, and value-based care organizations since 2004.

Built on proven and scalable infrastructure as an enterprise-wide solution, SOC’s technology platform, Telemed IQ, rapidly deploys and seamlessly optimizes telemedicine programs across the continuum of care. SOC provides a supportive and dedicated partner presence, virtually delivering patient care through teleNeurology, telePsychiatry, teleCritical Care, telePulmonology, teleCardiology, teleInfectious Disease, teleNephrology, teleMaternal-Fetal Medicine and other service lines, enabling healthcare organizations to build sustainable telemedicine programs across clinical specialties.

SOC enables organizations to enrich their care models and touch more lives by supplying healthcare teams with industry-leading solutions that drive improved clinical care, patient outcomes, and organizational health. The company was the first provider of acute clinical telemedicine services to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and has maintained that accreditation every year since inception. For more information, visit www.accessphysicians.com and www.soctelemed.com.

Big South Fork Medical Center is a 25-bed hospital offering quality healthcare for Oneida and the surrounding area, providing 24/7 Emergency Department Services, Diagnostic Imaging (including the
county’s only 64 Slice CT Scanner), Clinical Laboratory Services, Cardiopulmonary and other patient care needs for both inpatients and outpatients.

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