Even as Congress continues to work on plans to
improve America’s health care system, technology and new approaches to wellness
are transforming patient care.
To better prepare Lowcountry residents for the changes, Beaufort
Memorial Hospital President and CEO Russell Baxley will hold a discussion on
the new era of health care Wednesday, April 26, at The Lakehouse in Sun City.
The free presentation will cover a wide range of topics from how
changes in care are affecting both patients and providers to innovative prevention
programs and new technology now being used to improve access to care.
Among the fastest growing segments of the health care industry is
telemedicine. As part of its affiliation with the Medical University of South
Carolina (MUSC), BMH physicians are now able to consult with stroke and pediatric
specialists at the Charleston hospital 24/7, expediting life-saving care to
BMH also is looking to offer online e-Visits, allowing patients
with common ailments to “see” a health care provider via Skype or FaceTime without
having to leave their home.
In addition to the digital innovations, Baxley will discuss the
hospital’s future plans to build a large medical campus in Bluffton. The first
phase of the project, to be completed in 2019, will include a large medical
office facility staffed by physicians from both Beaufort Memorial and MUSC.
“We want to make sure that if you enter those four walls, you can
have all of your health care needs served there on an outpatient basis,” Baxley
said. “We are integrating our community specialists and primary care providers
with MUSC’s academic sub-specialists, making sure that patients don’t have to
travel every time they need to see one of these sub-specialists.”
Open to both residents and non-residents of Sun City, the BMH
seminar will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a wine and cheese reception, followed at 5
by Baxley’s presentation.
To register for the event, go to www.beaufortmemorial.eventbrite.com or call (843)