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Congressman Rogers Announces $100,000 Addition to Health Spending Bill for Manchester Memorial Hospital

Representative Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) recently visited Manchester Memorial Hospital to announce the addition of funds for its home health telemedicine project.

Telemedicine allows nurses to make "real-time" video visits to a patient’s home from the office via a monitor that can receive and transmit images as well as information about blood pressure, pulse, blood glucose, weight, oxygen saturation and other medical parameters. Access is achieved by the placing of a telemedicine monitor in the home of a patient who can benefit from closer monitoring between nursing visits.

"I'm pleased to see the House of Representatives include $100,000 toward Manchester Memorial Hospital's innovative telemedicine project in next year's Health spending bill,” Rogers stated. "The peaks and valleys of our region have often stood as physical and psychological barriers that have kept our people from getting an early diagnosis, necessary treatments, or important medical evaluations. Manchester Memorial's new telemedicine initiative is a fine example of modern technology overcoming physical obstacles, controlling costs, and bringing quality healthcare services to more children, our working men and women, and seniors in our region."

Telemedicine technology also provides the opportunity to share a patient’s critical medical information immediately with his/her physician. “The improvement in patient safety, nurse efficiency and improved clinical outcomes will make the telemedicine technology an exciting addition to our home health services,” said Madge May, home health director.

Manchester Memorial Hospital’s home health offices serve patients in 15 counties throughout eastern Kentucky and into West Virginia. “Many of our home health patients live in very remote places. Telemedicine will give us the opportunity to bring increased health services to these people,” said Dennis Meyers, CEO, Manchester Memorial Hospital. “Our patients and our hospital are richly blessed to have the support of Congressman Rogers.”