The award was presented by the Alabama Partnership for Telehealth (APT) during the October summit in Prattville. Jason DeLeon, MD, Emergency Medicine; Cecilia Land, division director SAMC Rehabilitation Services and Levonne Outlaw, SAMC Stroke Network Coordinator accepted the award.
“This is an award that we give out to the partner who we feel has done the most outstanding job when it comes to not only using, but advancing telemedicine,” said Lloyd Sirmons, executive director of APT. “SAMC has done a great job, not only building their program, but advancing telemedicine in the state of Alabama.”
SAMC’s Stroke Care Network was formed last spring in conjunction with six Wiregrass hospitals to provide quality stroke care in rural areas.
SAMC was the first hospital in Alabama to partner with APT. Through the Stroke Care Network and thanks to funding from the SAMC Foundation, the telemedicine based network allows for 24/7 stroke care. The Stroke Care Network ensures patients in surrounding rural communities have access to the most experienced stroke care available. “SAMC sets the standard in the state when it comes to providing stroke care in rural areas,” said Dr. DeLeon.
At front (L-R) Levonne Outlaw, SAMC Stroke Network coordinator, Cecilia Land, division director SAMC Rehabilitation Services and Jason DeLeon, MD, Emergency Medicine accept the “Partner of Year” award at the Alabama Rural Health and Telehealth Summit. Presenting the award are (l-r): Matthews Gwynn, MD, Acute Care Telemedicine, SAMC TeleNeurology Providers; Lloyd Sirmons, Alabama Partnership for Telehealth; Ron Sparks, Alabama Department of Rural Development and David White, Alabama Governor’s Office.