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Stuller and Lafayette General Medical Center partner to launch
New virtual clinic demonstrates the possibilities of combining medicine
Lafayette, LA Stuller,
Inc. and Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC) have partnered to bring the
next generation of healthcare to Lafayette.
Acadiana's first telemedicine clinic opened May 7 inside of Stuller's global
headquarters, providing its 1,200 associates daily access to primary care
physicians and other medical resources.
The community non-profit FiberCorps helped facilitate the project's technical
and operational setup. They established the two-way audio and HD video
conferencing that Joseph Orgeron, M.D., the project's primary physician, uses
so that he can remain at his office during the day. The clinic has numerous
virtual tools at its disposal including a Bluetooth stethoscope and digital
otoscope. Onsite, LGMC provides a clinical staff member to facilitate exams and
serve as liaison between the patient and physician.
"Fiber-powered technologies like videoconferencing offer so much potential
to revolutionize our community," says Geoff Daily, FiberCorps Executive
Director. "We're excited to help Stuller and LGMC implement this project,
which benefits so many."
Through a shared vision, Stuller and LGMC began the pilot program, seeing the convenience
it created for associates and the significant savings in healthcare costs
(telemedicine visits are reimbursed at half of in-person visits).
"Our mission is to restore, maintain and
improve health," says LGMC President/CEO David L. Callecod, FACHE. "Partnering
with Stuller, one of the biggest employers in the area, provides us with an
opportunity to do just that."
"Stuller is its people and I want to make sure our associates have the
best possible opportunity for wellness," says Stuller Founder Matt
Stuller. "This clinic and our new wellness initiative create a positive
work environment promoting personal well-being and growth."
FiberCorps is a non-profit charged
with engaging the community to drive digital economic development in Lafayette.
We are pursuing this mission by serving as a facilitator and coalition builder
for pilot projects. We are building towards the goal of transforming Lafayette
into a living lab for the 21st century Internet.
Lafayette General Medical Center
Lafayette General Medical Center, a
353-staffed bed facility, is the largest full-service, acute-care medical
center in the nine-parish area of Acadiana. LGMC provides families with comprehensive medical services
at every level of care, from severe emergency trauma to the common cold. Lafayette General evolved from
Lafayette Sanitarium, a six-bed facility that opened in 1911, and has been a
leader in health care throughout its existence. Over the years, LGMC has
expanded its services and facilities to meet the community's growing needs.
Lafayette General Medical Center is
recognized by federal and state tax laws as a 501c(3) not-for-profit
corporation. Although the hospital generates money by billing for its health
care services, it does not pay out any revenue to shareholders, as for-profits
do. Any net revenue is reinvested into the organization for new equipment,
facilities, and technology to better care for the people we serve.
As the region's only community-owned
and managed hospital, all decisions are made locally by an experienced administrative
team and a volunteer Membership Corporation and Board of Trustees. At LGMC, you can count on us to stay
one step ahead of the changing face of health care. For general information,
call (337) 289-7991.
About Stuller Inc.
Stuller, Inc. is
headquartered in Lafayette, LA and was founded by Matthew Stuller in 1970. The
DTC Sightholder provides a wide range of goods and services for jewelry
professionals. Stuller's core product categories include: diamonds, gemstones,
finished jewelry, mountings, findings, bridal jewelry, contemporary metals
jewelry, tools and supplies.