Mercy Regional Health Center Selects Saint Luke's eICU Center to Provide Monitoring Services
Mercy Regional Health Center, along with three other hospitals in Kansas and Iowa, will soon join the more than 100 beds being monitored around the clock by Saint Luke’s Health System of Kansas City, Mo.’s eICU Center. The eICU Center, or electronic intensive care unit, provides real-time electronic, video and audio monitoring for critically ill patients in more than 12 ICUs in 10 separate facilities.
Operating since January 2005, the eICU Center observes and evaluates critically ill patients at all Saint Luke’s Health Systems ICUs from one location in Lee’s Summit, Mo. The Saint Luke’s eICU Center was one of the first 10 in the United States. In 2006, it became the first eICU Center in the nation to make the service available to hospitals outside its own health system.
The eICU Center is staffed 24 hours a day by intensivist physicians and critical care nurses who are highly trained in continually evaluating the clinical, physiologic and laboratory data of all the ICU patients. They have the capacity to constantly detect changes in the patients’ conditions, which helps them optimize interventions and create better overall results. From 2005 to 2007, the benefit of the eICU Center reduced the number of hospital “codes” being called by more than 50 percent.
“We have an eight-year track record of providing exceptional service to all of the ICU patients in our care,” said Jennifer Ball, eICU Center operations director. “Research shows, and our results have proven, that patients who receive this type of intensive round-the-clock remote monitoring respond better and have better outcomes as a result of this service.”
Ball goes on to say, “Being able to utilize this state-of-the-art equipment to streamline care and monitor multiple locations across several states represents the very best in healthcare technology. We are able to provide the highest level of constant care and monitoring while keeping costs low utilizing one remote location. We’re very proud that other hospitals recognize this and have called on us to help their communities as well.”
In the fall of 2012, the eICU Center began monitoring beds at Grinnell Regional Medical Center and Wayne County Hospital when the monitoring center in Des Moines closed its office. In July 2012, the Via Christi eCare Center in Wichita announced it would be closing. Via Christi Pittsburg and Mercy Regional Health Center both selected Saint Luke’s eICU Center to take over its monitoring service. The transition will be completed in early February.
Saint Luke's Health System consists of 10 area hospitals and several primary and specialty care practices, and provides a range of inpatient, outpatient, and home care services. Founded as a faith-based, not-for-profit organization, our mission includes a commitment to the highest levels of excellence in health care and the advancement of medical research and education. The health system is an aligned organization in which the physicians and hospitals assume responsibility for enhancing the physical, mental, and spiritual health of people in the metropolitan Kansas City area and the surrounding region.