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HRH Foundation receives $269,468 Helmsley Grant for Emergency Care

August 05, 2014

Update - December 3, 2014

A few months ago we shared that the Holy Rosary Foundation received a grant valued at over $269k to bring a new 24/7 resource to our ER. A team of HRH associates has been working in recent months to prepare, test, install equipment, etc. and Monday, December 10, we’ll go live with eEmergency.

This is a proven service operating successfully for the last five years; the program is now in over 90 rural hospitals in MT and six other Midwestern states. Hospitals who have installed eEmergency report increased patient satisfaction, quicker patient response times, fewer patient transfers, and higher quality patient outcomes.

We are working with Avera Health, based in Sioux Falls, SD, and their team of board-certified ER physicians and nurses for eEmergency. Our ER providers, nurses, and aides will have access to the Avera team via telehealth 24/7 to assist during high-volume occurrences, to share a second opinion, to assist with patient transfers, orders, etc. Equipment has been installed and tested in the two trauma bays and one ER exam room to support the eEmergency program. Avera’s physicians, who have been credentialed at Holy Rosary and have the ability to order tests, administer meds, and provide patient care, will work closely with our team to provide patients with an optimal patient experience in our ER. We’re pleased to provide this update with you and look forward to seeing the program work successfully at Holy Rosary!

Jackie Muri, CFRE, CGPA, MSL
Executive Director
Holy Rosary Healthcare Foundation

Connecting Rural Patients to Emergency Specialists

Holy Rosary Healthcare (HRH) is pleased to announce that eEmergency, a networking program which will provide rural physicians with enhanced 24-hour access to emergency personnel, will launch at Holy Rosary in fall 2014. After securing a partnership with rural healthcare leader, Avera Health, and support from The Helmsley Charitable Trust, the Holy Rosary Foundation has received $269,468 in grant funding through the Rural Healthcare Program of the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to implement the eEmergency program.

Grant funding will be used to purchase eEmergency equipment that will allow board-certified and emergency-trained physicians and nurses to remotely assist Holy Rosary Emergency Room providers with cases involving trauma, heart attack, stroke and various other critical conditions. Additionally, patients in neighboring Montana communities like Ekalaka and Jordan will also be connected with the Holy Rosary ER, a primary location where patients are transported to from eastern Montana communities in emergency situations.

According to studies published in Montana’s Rural Health Plan July 2011, only 55 percent of those in rural communities are within 30 miles of an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) unit, and have 24/7 access to Advanced Life Support (ALS) care.

Each year, over 5,000 individuals living primarily in a 10-county region of eastern Montana, rely on Holy Rosary for comprehensive emergency and trauma care. Offering his praises is HRH CEO, Paul Lewis, “This incredible gift gives local physicians and healthcare workers an immediate connection to emergency specialists during complex and multiple emergency cases. This assistance may initiate earlier diagnostic testing, and allow patients to remain close to home for critical emergency care.” The eEmergency program operates successfully in 90 other rural communities in Montana and six other Midwestern states.

Established in 1999, the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust supports a range of health-related organizations, in addition to those involved in medical research, human services, education and conservation. Since 2008, the Trust has awarded more than $1 billion in grant funding to charitable organizations. The Rural Healthcare Program began awarding grants in 2009, and to date, has bestowed regional nonprofit organizations with over $200 million.