The Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center membership is made up of healthcare organizations around our seven state region. These healthcare organizations are either active in telehealth or are involved in someway with it.
Alaska Federal Health Care Access Network (AFHCAN)
Contact: Cindy Roleff*
AFHCAN, a program of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC), designed and developed an innovative store-and-forward telehealth solution to meet the health care needs of rural Alaska. AFHCAN has evolved into an FDA listed medical device manufacturer that provides an array of telehealth products and services that empower organizations to improve health care delivery worldwide. AFHCAN has developed a complete telehealth solution for the changing world of health care delivery. The combination of an award-winning store-and-forward system coupled with highly-successful clinical program development has made AFHCAN a leading authority in the telehealth world.
Contact: Javid Kamali*
Providence Health & Services has a long history of serving Alaska, beginning when the Sisters of Providence first brought health care to Nome in 1902 during the Gold Rush. This pioneering spirit set the standard for modern health care in Alaska and formed the foundation for Providence’s growth as the state’s leading health care provider.
Today, Providence serves Alaskans in eight communities - Anchorage, Cordova, Eagle River, Kodiak Island, Mat-Su, Seward, Soldotna and Valdez. Providence Health & Services Alaska is the state’s largest private employer with more than 4,000 full and part-time employees working for the organization statewide.
In partnership with physicians and health care providers throughout the state, we provide a lifetime of care for Alaskans of all ages, as do our sister institutions and facilities in Washington, Oregon, California, and Montana.
Alaska Rural Telehealth Network (ARTN)
Contact: Randall Burns
Alaska Distance Learning Network (DLN)
Contact: Mary Rydesky
The akDLN is “Software-as-a-Service”: costly investment in hardware & software is not required by subscribers
Using collaboration tools, the akDLN offers workplace sharing of
- Ideas: Suggest, discuss and vote on ideas • Questions: Ask questions & share expertise
- Groups: Create groups on initiatives, topics or projects
- Recognition: Reward contributions in an open environment
- Knowledge management: Highlight learning outcomes & discussions
Visit the Alaska Distance Learning Network. Consider how it might assist your organization’s training efforts, project management endeavors, & Board communications, among other things.
Alaska Psychiatric Institute (API)
Contact: Robin Hobbs
Telehealth Idaho (TELIDA)
Contact: Neill Piland*
North Idaho Rural Health Consortium (NIRHC)
Contact: Tom Hauer*
Cooperative Telehealth Network (CTN)
Contact: Jon Smith
With the assistance of a grant from the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, members of The Hospital Cooperative collaborated to establish the Cooperative Telehealth Network in 2005.
Twelve member hospitals and Health West Clinics, a Pocatello-based Federally Qualified Health Center that serves multiple rural areas in Idaho, are connected to the Network. The Cooperative Telehealth Network is one of many across the country that can be interconnected as necessary. Numerous professional educational opportunities exist via the Cooperative Telehealth Network.
The Hospital Cooperative is working to make the services of physician specialists more accessible to rural communities. With the leadership of medical director William Hazle, M.D., adult psychiatric services have been provided to Afton, American Falls, Malad, Montpelier, Soda Springs, and Salmon, Idaho via the Cooperative Telehealth Network since 2007. Currently, oncology services are being delivered in several other communities as well.
With grants from the Idaho Community Foundation, the Portneuf Health Care Foundation, and the Steele-Reese Foundation, The Hospital Cooperative has paid for telepsychiatry services for some patients without mental health insurance who could not otherwise afford that care.
St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center
Contact: Tiffany Whitmore
Saint Alphonsus Health System is a four-hospital regional, faith-based Catholic ministry with over 4,300 associates and a 950+ medical staff which serve 700,000 people in two states. Saint Alphonsus Health System is anchored by the only Level II Trauma Center in the region, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, providing the most experienced care to the most critically ill patients. Centers of Excellence include: Cardiovascular, Neuroscience, Oncology, Orthopedics, Trauma & Emergency and Women’s & Children’s.
With a promise to keep care close to home for patients, Saint Alphonsus Health System is comprised of Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, Boise; Saint Alphonsus Medical Center, Nampa; Saint Alphonsus Medical Center, Ontario; Saint Alphonsus Medical Center, Baker City; and Saint Alphonsus Medical Group. Additionally, Saint Alphonsus operates two stand alone emergency departments, one in Eagle, ID and one in Nampa, ID.
St. Luke’s Health System
Contact: Devan Johnson and Kevin Mark
As the only Idaho-based, not-for-profit health system, St. Luke’s Health System is part of the communities we serve, with local physicians and boards who further our organization’s mission “To improve the health of people in our region.” Working together, we share resources, skills, and knowledge to provide the best possible care, no matter which of our hospitals you choose.
Each St. Luke’s Health System hospital is nationally recognized for excellence in patient care, with prestigious awards and designations reflecting the exceptional care that is synonymous with the
St. Luke’s name.
East Central Idaho Community Health Foundation
Contact: Hanna Vermaas
Founded in November 2006, East Central Idaho Community Health Foundation received its non-profit 501(c)3 and 509(a)(2) Public Charity status by the IRS in April 2011. We are funded by private donors and through external grants. Our geographical area includes Lemhi and Custer counties.
Community Medical Center
Contact: Nicole Alexander
Community Medical Center is a 146 bed facility providing the only obstetrical and newborn care in Missoula County. In addition, it is one of only three facilities in the state offering high-risk obstetrical care and neonatal intensive care. It is a referral center, receiving mothers and infants from throughout western Montana and Idaho. Maternal and neonatal emergency transport services are available.
Community Medical Center is the only hospital in western Montana that has a separate Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for kids.
Community Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Center is the largest, most comprehensive and longest-standing program of its kind in the state of Montana. It is noted for its brain and spinal cord injury, as well as stroke and orthopedic rehab programs. It includes a residential and transitional living and day treatment program for brain injury survivors.
Partners in Health Telemedicine Network (PHTN)
Contact: Doris Barta*
Partners in Health Telemedicine Network (PHTN) is a collaborative partnership of healthcare facilities and providers in Montana and Wyoming providing videoconferencing services for the delivery of telemedicine, continuing education for healthcare providers, healthcare administrative services and business uses.
Headquartered at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, Montana, PHTN is committed to using today’s technology to provide even the most rural, remote communities in our region with quality healthcare and healthcare education. PHTN is a charter member of the Montana Telehealth Alliance (formerly known as the Montana Healthcare Telecommunicatons Alliance).
REACH Montana Telehealth Network (RMTN)
Contact: Jack King
REACH (Realizing Education And Community Health) Montana is a consortium of healthcare providers linked to each other through live, interactive, video technology. From its hub site in Great Falls, the REACH Montana Telehealth Network currently serves rural counties in the north central region of the state. Most of the member counties are frontier: large, remote and sparsely populated. Population density averages 2.95 residents per square mile. The network sites include Big Sandy, Chester, Chinook, Choteau, Conrad, Cut Bank, Fort Benton, Havre, Lewistown, Rocky Boy, Shelby, Benefis West Campus, Benefis East Campus, White Sulphur Springs, the Sletten Cancer Institute, City County Health and Center for Mental Health.
Eastern Montana Telemedicine Network (EMTN)
Contact: Thelma McClosky-Armstrong*
Headquartered at Billings Clinic, Billings Montana and operational since 1993, the Eastern Montana Telemedicine Network began as a consortium of 5 not-for-profit rural healthcare and mental health facilities to improve access to medical and mental health services through the use of interactive videoconferencing. Today EMTN has 37 partners in 29 communities throughout eastern and central Montana, northern Wyoming and western North Dakota.
EMTN provides services in the following clinical areas: Allergy, Cardiology, Dermatology, Oncology, Pulmonary, Nephrology, Neurology, Rheumatology, Infectious Disease, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, CV Surgery Follow-up, Endocrinology, REI, Genetics Counseling, Mental Health, CD Treatment, Diabetes Care, Dietician Services, Sleep Study Follow-up, Geriatric Assessments, EAP, Burn Care, Telepharmacy, Wound Care, Teledialysis and Primary Care.
Contact: Jeff Folsom
AWARE Inc., a private, non-profit corporation, provides quality community-based services to persons with challenging mental, emotional, and in some cases, physical needs who would otherwise be served in a more restrictive setting…or perhaps would not be served at all.
We work to ensure that the people we serve achieve maximum independence, productivity, and integration into the community.
We provide services that help individuals and families succeed in their communities, make sound life choices – where they will live and who they will interact with – and determine what they want out of life. It seems like a simple idea, but many of the people we work with have been left out of these life choices. We work with them to eliminate the “can’ts,” “shouldn’ts,” and “don’ts” they too often face. We help people become active and vital members of their community with full rights and responsibilities.
We place the emphasis on each individual’s opportunity for personal growth. We design our programs with that in mind.
IHS Billings Area Office
Contact: Tony Fisher
The Billings Area Indian Health Service (IHS) provides a comprehensive health services delivery system to more than 70,000 American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) people in the states of Montana and Wyoming. There are six IHS service units, two Self-Governance service units, five urban programs and an administrative office in Billings, Montana. During fiscal year (FY) 2004 the IHS user population increased by two-percent, increases outpatient workload by four-percent, and decreases the average daily patient load (ADPL) by 1.2 for inpatient.
The Billings Area clinical staff consists of approximately 54 physicians, 179 nurses, 29 dentists, and 33 pharmacists delivering health care through 3 IHS hospitals, 9 health centers, 6 heath stations and numerous health locations.
St. Patrick Hospital Foundation
Contact: Ann Donovan
Most people donate to the St. Patrick Hospital Foundation because they want to support the services and patient care provided at St. Patrick Hospital. More hospital funding means better health services and for a non-profit hospital like St. Pat’s, the support from the Foundation is critical.
The focus of the Foundation is in-line with the St. Patrick Hospital Mission: to reveal God’s love for all, especially the poor and vulnerable, through our compassionate service. The St. Patrick Hospital Foundation supports the hospital in many ways, but it is a separate organization with a specific focus: to provide resources for St. Patrick Hospital including charity health care for patients, new equipment, programs and services.
Through fundraising efforts and supporting health education programs, the St. Patrick Hospital Foundation helps make world-class health care available to all patients in Western Montana. The Foundation supports our region in the following ways:
- Raising funds to support St. Patrick Hospital services, including the Level II Trauma Center and Life Flight, the International Heart Institute and the Montana Cancer Center
- Organizing events such as Team Up Montana to raise cancer awareness in Montana and Table Talk to raise funds for St. Patrick House
- Ease the way of patients’ and families’ through their health care experiences – whether needing to stay at St. Patrick House while a loved one is in the hospital or additional assistance covering medical expenses, the Foundation is a stable resource for Montanans in need.
Planned Parenthood of Montana
Contact: Becky Howell
Planned Parenthood of Montana offers a full range of reproductive health care services at our six clinics around the state. These services include: annual exams, birth control, pregnancy testing and counseling, screening for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, mid-life services, out-patient abortion services and more. We make our services available and accessible to anybody who wants and needs them.
Grand Ronde Hospital
Contact: Doug Romer*
Grande Ronde Hospital is a not-for-profit, 25-bed Critical Access Hospital (CAH). In addition to the Hospital and its broad range of diagnostic, surgical and therapeutic outpatient services, the main facility also houses the Regional Hematology and Oncology Clinic, the Family Birthing Center, the Rehabilitation Therapy Department and Gym, and the Home Care Services Department which includes Home Health Services and Hospice Care.
Grande Ronde Hospital is the only hospital in Union County, Oregon. The county covers 2,038 square miles and has a population of more than 25,000 residents. Grande Ronde Hospital is one of the top employers in northeast Oregon, with more than 500 employees.
Grande Ronde Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is a member of the American Small Hospital Association.
Telehealth Alliance of Oregon (TAO)
Contact: Cathy Britain*
The Telehealth Alliance of Oregon (TAO) is a non-profit membership organization. Membership is open to anyone interested in supporting the mission and goals of the organization. TAO welcomes telehealth service providers, organizations interested in providing telehealth services, suppliers of equipment, software or transport for telehealth services, healthcare insurance providers or anyone interested in improving healthcare through telecommunications. TAO’s vision is access to affordable quality healthcare for all Oregonians and their mission is to advance telehealth knowledge, practice and policy in Oregon.
Portland Area Indian Health Services (IHS)
Contact: Dee Gordon
The Portland Area Indian Health Service provides access to health care for an estimated 150,000 American Indian/Alaska Native residents of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Health delivery services are provided by a mix of health centers, health stations, preventative health programs and urban programs. Health centers provide a wide range of clinical services and are open 40 hours each week. Health stations provide a limited range of clinical services and usually operate less than 40 hours per week. Preventive programs offer counselor and referral services.
The Portland Area Indian Health Service operates six Federal health facilities in five Tribal communities and one at Chemawa Indian School. Tribes operate health facilities under the authority of the Indian Self-determination and Education Assistance Act (Public Law 93-638, as amended), Titles 1 and V. Twenty-three Tribes have Title V compacts and there are twenty-four Tribes or Tribal organizations that contract under Title 1. Overall, Tribes administer more than 74% of the Portland Area budget authority appropriation through Self-Determination contracts or Self-Governance compacts. There are also three Urban programs with services ranging from community health to comprehensive primary health care services.
Asante Clinical Systems Initiative
Contact: Jeff Caulley
At Asante, our top priority is you—our patients. We believe each person we reach must be treated with compassion, dignity, honesty, and skill. Our 4,000 employees work together to make this ideal a reality, supported by new technology, modern facilities, and a common purpose of healing and hope.
Asante is based in Medford, Oregon, and governed by a board of directors comprised of local volunteers and physicians. Board members give their time to ensure that the people of nine southern Oregon and northern California counties receive high-quality healthcare services provided with compassion. All decisions are made by people who live and work in our community.
As the largest healthcare provider in nine counties, Asante provides comprehensive medical care to more than 580,000 people throughout southern Oregon and northern California. Our facilities include Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, Asante Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass, Asante Physician Partners and additional healthcare partnerships throughout the region.
St. Charles Medical Center
Contact: Cora Gangware
St. Charles Health System is the primary provider of quality health care for patients living in and around Central Oregon. We’re proud to serve our local communities this way.
The health system began in 2001 as Cascade Health Services when St. Charles Medical Center in Bend merged with Central Oregon District Hospital in Redmond. Today, in addition to owning and operating medical centers in Bend, Madras and Redmond, we lease and operate Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Prineville. Through the development of St. Charles Medical Group, we also own and operate clinics throughout the Central Oregon region representing 18 different specialties with nearly 120 employed medical providers.
Our medical centers in Bend and Redmond are accredited by The Joint Commission. St. Charles Bend is Oregon’s only Level II Trauma Center east of the Cascades. Pioneer Memorial Hospital and St. Charles Madras are critical access hospitals providing key services to our rural residents.
A private, nonprofit Oregon corporation, we’re Central Oregon’s largest employer with more than 3,300 caregivers in Bend, Redmond, Prineville and Madras combined. More than 350 on site medical staff members and approximately 200 visiting medical staff members also make it possible for St. Charles to deliver a wide range of excellent care in a compassionate healing environment.
Association for Utah Community Health (AUCH)
Contact: Libbey Chuy
The Association for Utah Community Health supports and represents its member organizations and works to increase access to health care for medically under-served populations in Utah.
AUCH is the primary care association for Utah and our members include Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and other providers who strive to meet the needs of the medically underserved. AUCH and its member organizations are part of a statewide and national movement to reduce barriers to health care by enhancing primary care service delivery through prevention, health promotion, and community participation.
Utah Telehealth Network (UTN)
Contact: Patricia Carroll*
The Utah Telehealth Network (UTN) links patients to health care providers across our state, country and the world by using leading edge telecommunications technology. Telehealth provides rural patients and providers with access to services that are usually available only in more populated urban areas. The Utah Telehealth Network uses interactive video to deliver patient care, provide continuing education to health professionals, and to facilitate administrative meetings.
NorthWest TeleHealth (NWTH)
Contact: Nancy Vorhees*
Serving the medical community in eastern Washington since 1996, Northwest TeleHealth offers member sites a robust video conference network comprised of more than 160 units connecting healthcare facilities across eastern Washington. Northwest TeleHealth provides a collaborative environment for administrative, educational, and clinical activities to improve access to services, care coordination and health education to benefit patients and providers within our region. Clinical services include patient consults for wound care, behavioral health, diabetes, cardiology, and physical therapy. By bridging the distance for better patient care, and providing a cost effective and convenient model for healthcare delivery, Northwest TeleHealth is a mutually beneficial system to all who access its programs and services.
University of Washington Telehealth Network (UWTN)
Contact: Cara Towle*
UW Telehealth Services houses telehealth projects dedicated to bringing telehealth services to Washington and the WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). Our mission is to advance the integration of Telehealth and develop a durable telehealth infrastructure of services, capabilities, and knowledge that will support the mission and strategic initiatives of UW Medicine to serve our region. Areas of focus are professional education, clinical support, research and patient education.
North Olympic Telehealth Network
Contact: Camille Scott
The Hospital District has been a pioneer in the utilization of Telehealth services. Beginning in 1995, in collaboration with Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Forks Community Hospital has utilized telehealth technologies to extend the provision of specialty services that may otherwise be difficult to attain locally. In 1998, through a grant from the Office of Rural Health Policy, the Hospital District expanded the telehealth network to include eleven network partner sites on the North Olympic Peninsula, with a mental and social health focus. Telehealth services are now available to sites across the Olympic Peninsula and to Seattle area Hospitals. Using interactive video-conferencing systems and the transport of digital images the program allows patients in Forks to be evaluated and treated by specialists at other locations.
Children’s Health Access Regional Telemedicine (CHART)
Providence Health & Services – South Puget Sound Telestroke Network
Contact: Tonja Nichols
South Puget Sound Telestroke Network consists of six community hospitals in the region, Grays Harbor Community Hospital, Mark Reed Health Care District, Mason General Hospital, Morton General Hospital, Providence Centralia Hospital and Willapa Harbor Hospital. The system uses advanced video technology to connect physicians at the community hospitals with specially trained neurologists at Providence St. Peter Hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for consultation to quickly diagnose stroke patients and determine the best treatment. SPSTN started offering services in February 2012 with it’s last partner site going live July 2012. Although they are are a young network they have already been very successful in seeing a positive change in their communities.
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Southeast Wyoming Telehealth Network
Contact: Dana Barnett
University of Wyoming’s Center for Rural Research and Education (CRHRE)
Contact: Rex Gantenbein
The University of Wyoming’s Center for Rural Health Research and Education (CRHRE, pronounced “share”) works to support the development and deployment of health information technology, especially telehealth/telemedicine, throughout Wyoming and the region. We have been involved with several projects, including the Wyoming Network for Telehealth (WyNETTE), a statewide network connecting hospitals, mental health centers, and substance abuse clinics. This project was supported by grants from HRSA, the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT, and the FCC Rural Health Care Pilot Program. We have also cooperated with the Wyoming Hospital Association, the Wyoming Department of Health, and the Wyoming Telehealth Consortium, among others, on HIT-related projects in the state.
We at the CRHRE are strong advocates for the use of telehealth to improve access to, and the quality of, health care in rural/frontier regions. We also are working with other divisions in the University of Wyoming College of Health Sciences to provide education for students and professionals in the use of HIT.
Wyoming Department of Health
Contact: Jim Bush*
Our mission is to promote, protect, and enhance the health of all Wyoming citizens. The Wyoming Department of Health is the primary state agency for providing health and human services. We administer programs maintaining the health and safety of all citizens of Wyoming and our primary approach in solving health problems is prevention.
Wyoming Telehealth Consortium
The Wyoming Telehealth Consortium was established in 2009 and given statutory authority by the Wyoming Legislature to coordinate and promote telehealth activities within the state of Wyoming.
The expanded use of telehealth and telemedicine to deliver healthcare to the citizens of Wyoming offers a number of benefits, including increased access to care, treating patients in their local communities, the potential to expand emergency services in rural areas, and savings in time and travel related costs.
Contact: Tom Richards*
Medical Psychotherapy PC
Contact: Phillip Girling