Manchester, Kentucky – October 24, 2014 – Erika Skula, Manchester Memorial Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer, today announced that Manchester Memorial Hospital (MMH) will receive a contribution of $10,000 from AT&T to support telemedicine services in area schools, increasing access to primary and specialty care along with access to health education and prevention materials.
“Building a healthy community and bringing state of the art medical technology to rural hospitals in vital to our overall well-being in Eastern Kentucky,” said Skula at the Manchester Memorial Hospital event. “By providing innovative health programs that reach rural students, we can assist them today, so they can lead productive lives and contribute to the future success of our Commonwealth.”
“The overwhelming support from Senate President Stivers is why we are able to bring these programs to the community and positively impact the lives of students throughout the area,” added Skula. “We look forward to building this program and seeing health benefits for years to come.”
Providing telemedicine to local schools will increase availability to high quality health care to all students on a daily basis. It will improve the overall health and well-being for students in general, thus reducing absenteeism which in effect increases access to the educational programs in place. For students with chronic health problems such as diabetes, asthma etc., it will provide the added benefits of access to medical specialists to meet their unique healthcare needs without ever leaving the school/ community.
“At AT&T, investing in the communities we serve is a critical part of what we do,” said Hood Harris, AT&T’s Kentucky President. “With hundreds of employees and retirees in Eastern Kentucky, we want to support our friends and neighbors. The work performed by Manchester Memorial Hospital to help bring vital healthcare services to children is important to building a stronger Kentucky. We appreciate the chance to partner in this effort.”
*Published in The Manchester Enterprise*