South Central Kansas Medical Center (SCKMC) is no stranger to telemedicine, having used the real-time interactive technology to provide communication between patients and off-site physician for a couple of years now.

However, early next month, the hospital will expand its remote physician offerings to include outpatient specialists through a partnership with Freestate Telemedicine. The initial service will feature Dr. Raashid Haque, dermatologist, and Dr. Karim Masri, rheumatologist.SCKMC

Dermatology is the diagnosis and treatment of skin disease. Rheumatology is the diagnosis and treatment of the body’s connective tissue, primarily dealing with a wide variety of arthritis.

The telemedicine service works in partnership with the local primary care providers. Area physicians can quickly and easily schedule telemedicine consultations through a referral. However, a referral is not necessarily required for all insurances.

“They will ‘beam in’ on a monitor to evaluate patients, and any procedures will be referred back to the (primary care physicians),” said Virgil Watson, SCKMC’s chief executive officer.

For more information about the telemedicine clinic, contact your family physician or call the SCKMC Specialty Clinic at (620) 441-5711.

SCKMC Auxiliary provides midyear donation

The SCKMC Auxiliary voted to purchase several items for the hospital during its June meeting.

Items earmarked for purchase include a wrist blood pressure machine and security door remote kit for the specialty clinic, a commercial microwave for nutritional services, and a temporal thermometer for the emergency department.

“(The Auxiliary members) are such a valuable asset to our organization, and we are so very grateful for the donations they made,” said Holly Harper, SCKMC’s chief financial officer. “Their gifts are vital to our hospital.”

June is the final general meeting for the Auxiliary prior to its summer break. The group will reconvene in September.

This information was provided by South Central Kansas Medical Center Marketing Director Clayton Pappan.