Wallowa Memorial Hospital has been selected for a $396,886.00 grant under the Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program administered by the USDA.

The grant will fund the Wallowa County Cardiac Health Care Improvement Project, state of the art equipment and technology as well as video conferencing and telemedicine capabilities.

In August, Wallowa Memorial Hospital installed 10 state of the art Philips Cardiac Monitors. The new grant will allow the hospital to purchase more monitors, EKG machines in the hospital and clinics, Event and Holter monitors, and new defibrillators for each ambulance. This new equipment has the capability to "talk" to a central repository, which will provide immediate viewing of any cardiac event or tracing done at any location. It will also allow the tracings to be viewed remotely by cardiologists for immediate consultation and intervention prior to arrival at the hospital.

The facility plans to implement video conferencing equipment for Medical Staff, Clinical Staff, and patient education. A remote practitioner cart will be used for telemedicine consultations to allow specialists in larger facilities to actually see and hear the patients in our facility.

Laurie Marcum, Chief Nursing Officer called the work of the grant writers "a labor of love" and the impact of the grant "immense."

Hospital employees and residents of the county wrote, made copies, edited, researched, or wrote letters in support of this project, she said. "I am proud to be part of our team at Wallowa Memorial Hospital," she said.

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