SAGINAW (WJRT) (3/13/2018) - State-of-the-art health care from the Shriners Hospitals for Children will be coming to Mid-Michigan thanks to a new partnership with Covenant Healthcare.
Covenant will be the first in Michigan with direct access to the Shriners Hospitals system through a telehealth link between the Saginaw hospital and Shriners facilities in Chicago and Cincinnati.
Pediatric patients in Saginaw will be able to receive evaluations and speak one-on-one with specialists at both Shriners hospitals via a live video and data link.
High definition cameras provide a video link while specialized data transmission equipment allows medical devices, such as stethoscopes and small handheld cameras, to transmit live detailed information to specialists located hours away.
Shriners Hospitals for Children provide world-renowned care for orthopedics, cleft lip and palate, spinal cord injury rehabilitation, burns and soft tissue conditions.
“Shriners Hospitals for Children are committed to serving patients and families with more convenient and flexible care,” said Mark Niederpruem, administrator at the Shriners hospital in Chicago. “Our hospitals have been providing telehealth services throughout the country for nearly a decade. However, this launch marks an advance in technology and the hospital’s agility in the continually changing delivery models for health care. It also launches the first telehealth clinic for the Chicago Shriners Hospital.”
Shriners Hospitals chose to partner with Covenant HealthCare due to the system's established telemedicine program offered through Covenant VirtualCare, which specializes in obstetric and pediatric care.
The Elf Khurafeh Shriners raise money year-round in Mid-Michigan to provide transportation for families who would otherwise not be able to travel to a Shriners hospital.
“The opportunity to help even more children access care they need in a way that is convenient for families and help the local Shriners use their dollars effectively was something we wanted to support,” said Jaime Magness, program administrator for Covenant VirtualCare.