Palo Pinto General Hospital is partnering with the nation’s leading multi-specialty telemedicine physician group to bring tele-pulmonary and critical care to its hospital.

Prior to the partnership with Access Physicians, local residents requiring certain ICU levels of care were often transferred to other hospitals farther away.

“There’s no reason that someone’s ZIP code should determine their access to the best clinical resources,” said Chris Gallagher, M.D., CEO, Access Physicians. “Palo Pinto County residents rely on Palo Pinto General Hospital to be there for them, no matter their health care needs or challenges. With our partnership, PPGH can keep that promise.”

“We are extremely excited to partner with Access Physicians to enhance the level of care provided at PPGH” said Ross Korkmas, CEO of Palo Pinto General Hospital. “Access Physicians will provide our hospital with 24/7, 365 day-a-year tele-pulmonary and critical care coverage enabling our hospital to keep more patients closer to home and improving access to care.”

Through the partnership, Palo Pinto General Hospital connects with an Access Physicians, board-certified pulmonary and critical care specialists via secure, high-resolution technology in minutes. On-site respiratory therapists, nurses and other physicians have access to the highest level of consultation to diagnose and treat patients with congestive heart failure, serious infections, those requiring mechanical ventilation and other life-threatening conditions.

Access Physicians is a multi-specialty physician group that combines clinical workflows, peer-referenced specialists, and a world-class telemedicine experience supported with a clinical sense of urgency. Current clients include Fortune 500 healthcare enterprises, independent rural and community hospitals, regional hospital networks, and the nation's first and largest operator of micro-hospitals.

The company has also received exclusive endorsements, including being the first telemedicine company to be endorsed by a hospital association. The Texas Hospital Association, the second largest in the country representing 8 percent of U.S. hospitals, named Access Physicians as an endorsed partner for telemedicine needs in 2019, as did TMSI, a division of the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals.

Founded by physicians, the company is one of the largest providers of acute sub-specialty telemedicine, deployed at 180 hospitals in 20 states, providing care for more than 1.6 million high-acuity patients in some of the hardest-to-serve healthcare environments. Core clinical service lines include pulmonary and critical care, acute stroke and general neurology, hospitalist medicine, cardiology, infectious disease and antibiotic stewardship and maternal fetal medicine.

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