GCMH Forms Partnership with General Electric

Last Updated on Apr 7, 2015 at 12:25pm | Health & Social

"What's Happening" is a regular feature of The Lake-Front magazine and is being reprinted here in its entirety with permission. This article originally appeared in the April 2015 issue.
Garrett County Memorial Hospital and General Electric have entered into a contract agreement that will upgrade and replace the critical care monitors for the Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Department, Surgical Suite, Post Anesthesia Care Unit, and the Same Day Surgery Unit. Also included in the critical care equipment package are three new ventilators and two new c-arms for Radiologic/Surgical procedures.
"Technology is one of the most important tools in healthcare. I think it's important that the hospital have the latest technology to offer the community," explained Mark Boucot, GCMH President and CEO. "Providing high quality healthcare requires having state of the art technology available to the physicians and staff."
Boucot went on to explain, "This deal with General Electric provides GCMH with technological infrastructure for the most advanced critical care monitoring available and will carry us into the future with the new construction project. It will also give doctors remote access to rapidly assist in care."
Hospital-wide upgrades will provide standardization of equipment so that all departments are on the same platform. Innovative advancements in technology allow the physicians to better diagnose and treat patients. It has the potential to save countless lives and improve the overall quality of life.
"We see, firsthand, every day, the impact that improved equipment has in the lives of our patients. It's everywhere; from our phones, to our laptops, to our x-ray machines to defibrillators. Funding of new technology is always a challenge and often requires lengthy and savvy negotiations with medical suppliers to achieve our objectives. We do take a proactive approach to advancing our service lines as with the recent grant funding for telehealth services," said Boucot.
GCMH was recently awarded a $62,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to fund telehealth services. The funding will allow for the purchase of four new telehealth units to improve the community's access to specialty medical services and consults from larger hospitals. As many community residents simply cannot afford to travel the long distances for specialized treatment, they often go without proper medical care as a result. This will allow patients to receive the same care as patients at a larger facility.
"I think it's exciting that GCMH is in a growth mode and moving forward at an unprecedented level. These upgrades and advancements are a major investment on behalf of Garrett County Memorial Hospital, and they signify a real commitment to provide the best possible care to the patients of the Garrett region of Western Maryland. This technology advancement will carry GCMH well into the future. With structural improvements, increased square footage, and state of the art equipment, we can improve diagnostic capabilities, increase efficiency of services, provide a more comfortable and positive patient experience, and continue to ensure excellent care of our patients. GCMH will have the ability to meet the community's need for quality healthcare and allow patients to spend less time in the hospital and more time enjoying life," said Boucot.
"Garrett Memorial is on a road of continuous quality improvement and service excellence. We are constantly looking for new ways to improve the access to care as well as enhance the quality of care available locally," concluded Boucot.