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Access Physicians Bringing Telecardiology to South Texas

Rural patients with specialty care needs were being sent to remote facilities before the partnership.
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Frio Regional Hospital and Access Physicians are teaming up to keep cardiology patients closer to home in rural South Texas. The telemedicine group is providing specialty physicians to keep patients from traveling far to other facilities.

“There’s no reason that someone’s zip code should determine their access to the best clinical resources,” said Chris Gallagher, M.D., CEO, Access Physicians via release. “Pearsall residents rely on Frio Regional Hospital to be there for them, no matter their health care need or challenge. With our partnership, Frio Regional can keep that promise.”

On-site nurses and providers at Frio Regional will have consultation abilities with board-certified cardiologists via secure telemedicine technology throughout the day, providing more expertise than would regularly be available at the hospital, with the ability to treat arrhythmias, congestive heart failure, and more.

“Our mission is to improve the quality of life in our community by providing exceptional healthcare with compassion and respect,” said John Hughson, CEO, Frio Regional Hospital. “The telecardiology partnership with Access Physicians completely aligns with our mission … by bringing world-class cardiologists with compassionate bedside manner to our patients so they can stay close to home.”

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