SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. (May 24, 2017) – Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center and Wickenburg Community Hospital have entered into a unique partnership that is benefitting patients living in Wickenburg and the surrounding area.
Through this new agreement, monitoring technicians sitting at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center, 14502 W Meeker Blvd. in Sun City West, are remotely performing heart monitoring on patients being cared for at Wickenburg Community Hospital, 520 Rose Lane in Wickenburg, allowing them to remain in their community.
“This is exactly the kind of work we should be doing in health care – finding innovative ways to deliver high quality while driving costs down,” said Jim Tavary, chief executive officer of Wickenburg Community Hospital. “It’s not always an easy thing to do, but this partnership demonstrates it’s possible.”
Like other large hospitals. Banner Del E. Webb has a central telemonitoring room that houses specially-trained technicians who continually monitor the vital signs and heart rhythms of patients via a bank of monitors and other specialized equipment. They alert bedside caregivers when they observe something that isn’t normal.
Challenged by a shortage of monitoring techs within their community and the high costs of providing around-the-clock monitoring within their facility, Wickenburg Community Hospital officials began looking for a new and better way to provide this critical service. Their search led them to Banner Del E. Webb, which had the ability to take on Wickenburg’s patients without adding additional staff.
Last September, an agreement was reached and, on May 1, Webb began remotely monitoring Wickenburg patients. Today, Webb’s techs continually monitor several patients every day, sending a written report every four hours to Wickenburg’s nursing staff to keep them updated. Of course, when techs observe a heart rhythm or vital sign that concerns them, they immediately call the patient’s nurse at Wickenburg Community Hospital.
“We’ve enjoyed an excellent relationship with Wickenburg Community Hospital for many years now,” said Banner Del E. Webb CEO Debbie Flores, “so this was just an opportunity to take that relationship to the next level.
“It’s a great feeling because this partnership benefits everyone, particularly those who live in Wickenburg,” she said.
Banner Del E. Webb is completing construction this summer on a new 28-bed Progressive Care Unit on the fifth floor of its “D” tower that will house a new, larger telemetry monitoring room. Wickenburg patient monitoring will move to the new telemetry monitoring room once it is complete.
About Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center
Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center is a community hospital specializing in orthopedic surgery, heart care, stroke care, emergency care and Level III Trauma Center, cancer care, and obstetrics. The hospital is part of Banner Health, a nonprofit health care system with 28 hospitals in six states. For more information on the hospital, visit www.BannerHealth.com/Webb.
About Wickenburg Community Hospital
Wickenburg Community Hospital is a Critical Access Hospital and state designated as a Level IV Trauma Center, supporting the needs of residents of Wickenburg and surrounding rural communities. The campus provides emergency care, heart care, stroke care, surgical and diagnostic services, laboratory services, medical imaging, rehabilitation, infusion services and wound care. For more information on the hospital, visit www.WickHosp.com.