Marshall County Healthcare certified nurse practitioner Jill Zuehlke is shown on this computer and phone screen to show how virtual visits are now possible for Marshall County residents. People may now make a visit to the clinic from the comfort of their living room.
Virtual Hospital Visits Have Become Reality
There will be some positive fallout from dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, and being able to make a hospital visit from the comfort of your home may be one thing that will endure.
The Marshall County Healthcare Center is now set up to see patients via their phone or computer. All that is needed is an active email account and a smart phone, tablet, or computer with a working camera. A computer must also have a Windows or Mac operating system.
Area residents may call the clinic at 605-448-2253 for details or may call to schedule an appointment by calling the same number and hitting Option 2.
“We’re really proud to now be able to offer virtual visits to eliminate the need for many patients to have to come into the clinic in person,” said Marshall County Healthcare Administrator Nick Fosness.
“I tested it myself last week, and it was really easy to do and also way more personal than I thought it would be. I was prepared for an insensitive visit, but it was not, and I was very happy with it.”
Fosness stressed that implementing virtual visits is just one more way the Healthcare Center staff is preparing for a predicted uptick in COVID-19 cases throughout the state.
“I have a real appreciation for our staff, from Spruce Court to the clinic and hospital personnel to the cleaning staff,” said Fosness. “We’ve been doing a ton of planning and I can’t say enough about all of my co-workers.”
While the Britton facility does not have ventilators or trained staff to operate them, plans have been made to take care of COVID-19 patients with less severe symptoms.
“We will be going live within the next week with an e-hospital system,” noted Fosness. “It will operate just like our e-emergency system where we can go to a room with an i-pad and physicians at other facilities can see patients every day. We will have ac cess to respiratory therapists, and the service will also help in finding available beds and arranging transfer to the next level of care if necessary.” As the state is preparing
As the state is preparing to see a peak in the virus in the next few weeks, Fosness praised the efforts he has seen from area residents.
“I’ve been amazed at how well area residents have been following guidelines, and they are being very vigilant. And our staff is at the ready. We’re practicing hard and planning for the worst, while hoping for the best.”