Saint Francis Begins Pediatric Telemedicine Program

Saint Francis Medical Center and Mercy Children’s Hospital in St. Louis are working together to bring expert care for pediatric patients closer to home. This partnership can improve diagnosis and treatment of pediatric cases and offer thorough treatment of young patients in the Cape Girardeau area.

When a specialist is needed for a neurology or gastroenterology consultation, children and their families can enjoy the convenience of staying at the Medical Center. Families and their Saint Francis physician can communicate directly with Mercy Children’s Hospital specialists through telemedicine – Internet video conferencing.

Saint Francis will have direct access to a pediatric neurologist and a pediatric gastroenterologist. The neurologist will see children with a variety of concerns, including unexplained headaches, balance issues, muscle weakness and seizures. The gastroenterologist will treat children with problems including celiac disease and feeding difficulties. While some families may need to travel to St. Louis occasionally, they can take advantage of the telemedicine program for many of their appointments.

“This new telemedicine relationship will allow families in our community to have access to specialized, expert pediatric care, so they won’t have to drive hours away,” says Cathy Abrams, RN, BSN, MS, director of maternal and child health services at Saint Francis Medical Center. “It can be difficult for families who have children coping with serious health issues. We want to make it easy as possible for them to seek care, and also find peace of mind.”

For more information on Saint Francis’ new partnership with Mercy Children’s Hospital, call Abrams at 573-331-5334.

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