JSA Health Telepsychiatry Is Now Providing Telepsychiatry Consults to Eastland Memorial Hospital

 

JSA Health Telepsychiatry is pleased to announce the start of new hospital wide telepsychiatry consult service for Eastland Memorial Hospital of Eastland, Texas. The project is part of the Texas statewide access project to up to 149 rural hospitals needing multi-specialty telemedicine care. Eastland Hospital has been part of the local community since 1952. Eastland serves as the county seat for Eastland County. The hospital serves a population of over 18,000 people and is located 60 miles east of Abilene … and 100 miles west of the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.
Located at 304 South Daugherty Street, the hospital and surrounding physician clinics offer convenient primary care for patients of all ages. Eastland is governed by an elected board of directors, licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a member of the Texas Hospital Association(THA) and Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals(TORCH) and a number of Eastland’s staff are members of their respective professional organizations.
JSA is looking forward to this project to further help persons with behavioral health disorders in Texas.
The history of the hospital is quite extraordinary … here excerpted from the hospital website:

 

Three blasts of the fire whistle. That was the signal. 10:15 a.m. Who was the first patient at the spanking new hospital? Phone calls flooded the central office, asking for the person. It was an 8 1/2-pound Texan, who brought his mother along and made the front page of the Telegram that night in 1952.

Just about every man and woman in Eastland had an investment in the hospital. It was built without a cent of government aid, built after hours – from 6:30 p.m. till midnight – with coffee and doughnuts for pay.

Every week night, as quick as they could finish supper, men went up to Hospital Hill (dedicated years before). Anywhere from 30 to 50 would show up to dig the foundation ditch and basement. Lawyers, ministers, merchants, and a young doctor, too, dug night after night.

Women were there, too, with coffee and doughnuts. Coffee by the pailful and dishpans of doughnuts, along with a few words of praise that somehow made every night a celebration.

One of the women was a timekeeper, keeping strict account of every hour until the work was over around 11 p.m. or midnight. Next day the newspaper carried names of the men and women who’d served the night before. Twice a week, Mrs. Sam Butler did a radio broadcast from Hospital Hill.

So it went on, long after the novelty wore off.

Contributions came in many forms. A Dallas industrialist, when asked for a special price on concrete blocks, told his manager: “Give those folks all the blocks they need and send one of our engineers to help lay them.”

 

Short 12,000 feet of steel, it seemed once that work would have to stop. Next morning, trucks were unloading it on the hill!

Plumbers, electricians worked exhausting hours at night, with coffee and companionship to keep them awake. Women planned color schemes, draperies, pictures, linens, beds – thousands of hours of planning and working. And so the job somehow got done, after nine solid months of work. Months of laughter, fun horseplay and stories already grown to legends.

In seven hours, 100 cubic yards of concrete were poured. And except for the man at the mixer, not a skilled workmen among them. One night, just above freezing, 35 men put on 4,000 square feet of roof decking in a 20-mile an hour wind. You can’t pay men for that. Except with coffee and doughnuts.

Eastland’s hospital cost a total of $36,112 to build. That’s $4.51 a square foot – about a third the usual cost at that time.

Eastland’s hospital was approved by the American Medical Association and by state and national hospital associations. Young doctors came to look over the town. Two decided to settle.

And then, on June 8, 1953, came the grand opening, attended by 2,000 people. Every ethnic origin and every economic status in Eastland was represented that day. The building now stands as a monument to a community which laid aside social, racial and religious differences, banded together to erect a structure exemplifying the American spirit of community living.

 

Hospital services include:

Acute Care Unit

Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Case Management/Discharge Planning

Emergency Department

Emergency Medical Services

Infection Control/Employee Health

Laboratory

Medical Imaging/Radiology

Nutrition Services

Outpatient Services

Pharmacy

Physical & Speech Therapy

Respiratory Therapy

Skilled Nursing

Sleep Studies

Specialty Clinics

Surgical Services

Wellness Center

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry is a behavioral health telemedicine practice that provides 24/7 access to high quality telepsychiatry care for a wide variety of settings including emergency departments, community health clinics, educational institutions, correctional facilities and a wide variety of distant locations including cruise ships throughout the world’s oceans. We use high-definition HIPAA compliant telemedicine technologies to connect patients and healthcare organizations to experienced mental health professionals. For more information please call 1-888-792-7122 or email at info@jsahealthmd.com.

Dr. Flavio Casoy Named Chief Medical Officer of JSA Health Telepsychiatry California

 

 

 

Dr. Flavio Casoy has been named Chief Medical Officer for JSA Health California. Dr. Casoy completed his undergraduate and medical degrees at Brown University in Providence, RI where he concentrated on community health.  He completed his psychiatry residency at the University of California, San Francisco and served as Chief Resident at San Francisco General Hospital.  He also completed a fellowship in Public Psychiatry at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute.

He is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has broad ranging experience as an emergency psychiatrist, and most recently led one of the largest state psychiatric hospitals in the United States … where he ran a 14 unit inpatient service. He has a small private practice where he primarily sees patients for psychotherapy.

Dr. Casoy’s primary mission is to ensure that everyone has access to quality mental health care, including, and particularly, individuals with serious mental illness.  He is excited to explore the possibilities of telepsychiatry in bringing expert consultants to remote regions or to agencies that would otherwise not be able to afford a psychiatrist.  He believes that quality care is rooted in clinical expertise, kindness towards the patient, deep humility about the limitations of our field and systems, and commitment to overcoming these limitations.  He is originally from São Paulo, Brazil and is a strong practitioner of cultural formulation as a key feature in behavioral healthcare.

 

 

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry is a behavioral health telemedicine practice that provides 24/7 access to high quality telepsychiatry care for a wide variety of settings including emergency departments, community health clinics, educational institutions, correctional facilities and a wide variety of distant locations including cruise ships throughout the world’s oceans. We use high-definition HIPAA compliant telemedicine technologies to connect patients and healthcare organizations to experienced mental health professionals. For more information please call 1-888-792-7122 or email at info@jsahealthmd.com.

 

 

Moving Ahead In California – Valley Children’s Healthcare Chooses JSA Health Telepsychiatry For Child and Adolescent Emergency Telepsychiatry Consultations

 

JSA Health Telepsychiatry is pleased to announce the start of a collaboration with Valley Children’s Hospital of Madera, California. JSA Health telepsychiatrists will be providing emergency telepsychiatry consults to both the emergency departments and medical floors … including intensive care units. This effort is part of JSA’s ongoing efforts to provide emergency telepsychiatry to all age groups … child, adolescent, adult and geriatric populations.

Valley Children’s Hospital is a 358 bed pediatric hospital located on the San Joaquin River just north of Fresno, California, USA. The hospital has a 45,000-square-mile (120,000 km2) service area covering most of California’s central San Joaquin Valley. There are more than 500 doctors on the medical staff. It is a UCSF and now Stanford affiliated teaching hospital. The hospital was the first children’s hospital west of the Rockies to receive Magnet Nursing Certification, the highest standard of nursing certification in America. In June 2015 it was announced that Valley Children’s Healthcare and Stanford University School of Medicine will partner to create a graduate medical education program based at Valley Children’s Hospital.

This pediatric hospital covers the following areas of Central California: San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Mariposa, Madera, Fresno, Tulare, Kings, Kern, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara Counties.

In 2014 the hospital had 12,695 pediatric inpatient admissions and performed 12,265 pediatric surgeries.

From the Valley Children’s Website:

EMERGENCY MEDICINE

The Emergency Department at Valley Children’s provides emergency pediatric and trauma care to infants, children, and adolescents (up to 21 years of age). We operate a 39-bed Level II Pediatric Trauma Center that sees about 120,000 patient visits annually. More than two-thirds of the Hospital’s patients are admitted through the Emergency Department. We have access to all of the Hospital’s pediatric subspecialties and their associated physicians.

Valley Children’s Emergency Department is staffed by board-certified pediatric emergency physicians. In addition to their years of experience in providing pediatric emergency care, our emergency specialists have undergone a minimum of three years of general pediatric training plus an additional two to three years of fellowship training in pediatric emergency medicine.

Better Access to Care

  • Level II Pediatric Trauma Center equipped to manage acute traumatic injuries directly from the field
  • Rapid triage and rooming of patients by the Patient Floor Coordinator
  • In 2015, our average Door-to-Doctor time was about 43 minutes
  • Team Triage: an area for rapid Medical Screening and patient discharge with an average daily Door-to-Doctor time of 40 minutes

Conditions Treated

  • Acute traumatic injuries
  • Asthma (requiring emergency intervention)
  • Cancer (requiring emergency intervention)
  • Critical illnesses
  • Hemophilia (requiring emergency intervention)
  • Infectious conditions such as:
    • Acute gastroenteritis
    • Croup
    • Bronchiolitis
    • Colds
  • Leukemia (requiring emergency intervention)
  • Orthopaedic injuries
  • Seizures
  • Sickle cell disease (requiring emergency intervention)
  • Sports related injuries
  • Urgent care

Services Offered

Multidisciplinary Services

  • Direct access to Valley Children’s pediatric subspecialists either through consultation in the Emergency Department or referrals for follow-up care
  • Trauma and Surgery services provided for illnesses and injuries requiring surgery and trauma care
  • Air and ground Medical Transport provided for complex critically ill children

 

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry is a behavioral health telemedicine practice that provides 24/7 access to high quality telepsychiatry care for a wide variety of settings including emergency departments, community health clinics, educational institutions, correctional facilities and a wide variety of distant locations including cruise ships throughout the world’s oceans. We use high-definition HIPAA compliant telemedicine technologies to connect patients and healthcare organizations to experienced mental health professionals. For more information please call 1-888-792-7122 or email at info@jsahealthmd.com.

 

JSA Health Chosen By Lubbock Texas Based StarCare to Provide Telepsychiatry Admission At Sunrise Canyon Hospital

JSA Health Telepsychiatry is pleased to announce an expansion of our work with Starcare Specialty Health System of Lubbock, Texas. JSA will be providing admissions to Sunrise Canyon Hospital operated by Starcare.

Sunrise Canyon Hospital is a psychiatric facility for short-term crisis stabilization. It is a 30-bed hospital … an adult inpatient treatment facility which provides psychiatric evaluation, rehabilitation services, and comprehensive discharge planning for people who have a mental illness and/or who are experiencing a serious psychiatric crisis.
Sunrise Canyon Hospital is the only community-based hospital of its kind in Texas, operated by and integrated within the other programs of a community mental health center, StarCare Specialty Health System. Sunrise Canyon is Joint Commission Accredited.
JSA Health Telepsychiatry continues to show its commitment to serving public sector community mental health centers as a core mission of our company.

 

From the Starcare Website:

 

StarCare Specialty Health Systems provides services for adults, children and adolescents who have a diagnosis of mental illness, developmental disabilities or substance abuse. As the state designated mental health and mental retardation authority for Lubbock, Lynn, Cochran, Crosby and Hockley counties, the Center has authority and responsibility for: planning policy development; coordination, development and allocation of resources; and oversight of mental health and mental retardation services.

As the local mental health and mental retardation authority, the Center accepts the obligation of public trust and is committed to developing, maintaining, and expending resources in a manner that ensures the greatest benefit to consumers and to the community. The Center is governed by a nine-member Board of Trustees appointed by the City of Lubbock, Lubbock County and Lubbock Independent School District. The Board of Trustees is reflective of the community, includes consumer and/or family member representation, and is governmental in nature and accountable to the public trust. Their responsibilities as the governing body of a local authority and as public stewards are paramount as they carry out their duties in:

  • Determining the organization’s vision, mission and values;
  • Evaluating implementation activities and planning to assure:
    • Public Accountability,
    • Sound Financial Planning and Asset Protection,
    • A Focus on Individual and Organizational Outcomes and
    • Equitable, Confidential and Dignified Treatment of Staff and Volunteers;
  • Developing governing policies;
  • Complying with state laws applicable to board actions;
  • Developing relationships with local, state and national officials;
  • Advocating for funding and statutory changes, which will support the vision, mission and values of the Center.

History

Originally known as the South Plains Guidance Center, StarCare Specialty Health Systems was created in February 1964 as a result of the efforts of the Lubbock Community Planning Council and in response to the identified need for services for people with mental illness and mental retardation within the Lubbock community.

The Mental Health and Mental Retardation Act of 1965 prompted a request to the Texas Department of MHMR by the City of Lubbock for the formation of a Community MHMR Center in the Lubbock area. The request was approved and the Board of Trustees of LRMHMRC was appointed in March of 1966. The original local service area, Lubbock County, was expanded in 1975 to include Cochran, Crosby, Hockley and Lynn Counties. At that time the Center’s name was changed to Lubbock Regional Mental Health Mental Retardation Center.

Over the ensuing thirty years, the Center’s scope of responsibility and geographic service area have steadily broadened, even beyond the five county MHMR service area, through its relationship with a variety of state agencies.  For example, STARCARE maintains contractual relationships with:

StarCare also is designated a Local Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority. Under this designation, the Texas Department of Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) delegates the authority for planning, policy development, coordination, resource allocation and resource development, and oversight of mental health and mental retardation services to the Center for the service area specified by HHSC.

 

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry is a behavioral health telemedicine practice that provides 24/7 access to high quality telepsychiatry care for a wide variety of settings including emergency departments, community health clinics, educational institutions, correctional facilities and a wide variety of distant locations including cruise ships throughout the world’s oceans. We use high-definition HIPAA compliant telemedicine technologies to connect patients and healthcare organizations to experienced mental health professionals. For more information please call 1-888-792-7122 or email at info@jsahealthmd.com.

One Hundred Forty-Nine Rural Texas Hospitals Will Access JSA Health Telepsychiatry through the Network Access Improvement Program (NAIP)

JSA Health Telepsychiatry is proud to have been selected to provide statewide telepsychiatry to up to 149 rural hospitals throughout the state as part of a wide ranging project through the Network Access Improvement Program (NAIP) in Texas.

The NAIP is designed to further the state’s goal of increasing the availability and effectiveness of primary care and behavioral health for Medicaid beneficiaries by incentivizing health-related institutions (HRIs) and public hospitals to provide quality, well-coordinated, and continuous care. During the 83rd session, the Texas Legislature underscored the importance of ensuring primary care and mental health access to the Medicaid population through HRIs. The General Appropriations Act for the 2014-2015 Biennium contains two riders to Article II, Health and Human Services Commission which state the NAIP purpose:
  • Improve the availability, quality and coordination of primary and specialty care services provided by public hospitals
  • Promote provider education on Medicaid program requirements and the specialized needs of Medicaid recipients
  • Measure progress through increased care access and physician compliance with selected quality objectives

JSA Health Telepsychiatry will help meet these goals by providing 24/7 access to rural hospitals … starting with the first twenty-six by the end of 2016. Additional projects through NAIP will include:

  • Rural nursing homes
  • Rural Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC)
  • Other rural clinics

 

JSA Health Telepsychiatry has been a strong supporter of statewide emergency telepsychiatry programs … especially to rural Texas hospitals badly in need of help with psychiatric patients in overcrowded emergency rooms … and to the patients themselves needing help under difficult conditions for days or weeks due to lack of inpatient psychiatric beds.
JSA thinks big … this is our style project. We look forward to having a positive impact in many of these 149 rural hospitals. We at JSA are grateful for the trust people have in our mental health services … and we earn that trust everyday.

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JSA Health Telepsychiatry is a behavioral health telemedicine practice that provides 24/7 access to high quality telepsychiatry care for a wide variety of settings including emergency departments, community health clinics, educational institutions, correctional facilities and a wide variety of distant locations including cruise ships throughout the world’s oceans. We use high-definition HIPAA compliant telemedicine technologies to connect patients and healthcare organizations to experienced mental health professionals. For more information please call 1-888-792-7122 or email at info@jsahealthmd.com.