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Barton Memorial Hospital

Barton Health Expands Critical Care Resources for Patients

(South Lake Tahoe Calif.) - As the second wave in COVID-19 cases increased the need for critical patient care at Barton Health, access to critical care specialists became increasingly important. To address this need, Barton Health has formed a partnership with Eagle Telemedicine, a team of experts including intensivists and specialists that expand access to a higher level of care when patients need it most. 

Critical patients often need specialized care from respiratory and kidney experts to ensure vital organs are functioning properly. These patients now may receive care locally through Barton’s secure telemedicine platform connecting them with intensivists, pulmonologists, nephrologists, and other specialists, where patients can experience face to face virtual care without the need for transfer.

“Telemedicine extends the depth of services available at rural healthcare systems like ours, and provides Barton’s patients with high quality care that’s close to home,” said Dr. Clint Purvance, President & CEO at Barton Health.  

Telehealth services have been utilized at Barton for years via phone, video, and secure electronic messaging. Since the beginning of the pandemic, this pathway to care has played a key role in keeping both patients and healthcare workers safe by minimizing exposure.

Barton urges the community to do its part to slow the spread of COVID and lessen the pandemic’s impact on local health care resources. Continuing to practice good hand hygiene, wearing face coverings, staying home when ill, and avoiding indoor gatherings with other households is critical this winter. Those experiencing symptoms, even mildly, can call the Barton Health COVID-19 Hotline for around-the-clock screening and clinical guidance: 530.600.1999. 


About Barton Health:
Barton Health is a nonprofit health system that provides high quality, compassionate care to Lake Tahoe residents and the area’s visitors. Since opening in 1963, Barton Memorial Hospital has expanded its health and wellness services into a coordinated network of outpatient medical facilities, including a certified Level III Trauma Center, Urgent Care, Family Practice, ENT, General Surgery, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics, Otolaryngology, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Rheumatology, Sleep Studies, Spine Care, and Urology. The Barton Center for Orthopedics & Wellness is a nationally recognized U.S. Ski Center of Excellence, providing integrated care from orthopedic and sports medicine experts and wellness services to help patients achieve their health goals. For more information, visit bartonhealth.org.

About Eagle Telemedicine:
Eagle Telemedicine was one of the first companies to emerge in the telemedicine physician service arena, and is still pioneering the industry a decade later, providing telemedicine programs to acute care hospitals, micro-hospitals and long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs). Eagle’s solutions help facilities offer specialized care to underserved communities, eliminate locum support costs, prevent burnout, manage coverage gaps, reduce unnecessary transfers, and increase census. Multiple specialties include Hospitalist Medicine, Stroke and Acute Neurology, Psychiatry, Critical Care and Cardiology. Standard services include NP/PA Backup, Nocturnist Coverage, Cross-Coverage Support and Surge Protection. For more information, visit eagletelemedicine.com.