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Newly added technology is making a difference at Presence Mercy Medical Center. Remote Sitter, a product of Telehealth, has the goal of drastically reducing the number of patient falls in hospitals.

During hospital stays, patients often can be at-risk for falls. Therefore, Presence Health custom-designed this innovative program, Remote Sitter, to safely monitor patients from a distance and prevent them from falling. Presence Health is the only health system in the world using this program.

Remote sitter was purchased for Mercy Medical Center with a grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley. Since the program has been put to use in January 2018, the entire health system has experienced no falls.

“Since implementing the remote sister program—we have had zero patient falls on patients being watched by a remote sitter” said Grace McBride, MHA, Regional Chief Nursing Officer. “In the past pay period, Peg LaGrassa, my manager on our surgical/ortho floor at PMMC, reported that she was able to use the remote sitters for safety and save her unit 7.56 FTEs [Full Time Equivalent]. Some of those 7.56 FTE hours would have pulled staff away from taking care of patients’ needs. Other hours were a savings in cost to her department”.

This is a prime example of how philanthropy can directly impact the wellbeing of our patients. In the words of Grace McBride: “I just want to say thank you for the support the Foundation has given us with regards to this safety enhancement. If you ever wonder if your work is important and meaningful, please know that it is”.

Remote Sitter is just one component of a comprehensive Telehealth program that Presence Health has implemented to help transform patient care delivery. Other programs include Telestroke, Virtual Family Visits and TeleICU.

Telehealth, also referred to as telemedicine, brings medical expertise to patients regardless of physical distance in real time, improving delivery of care and saving lives.



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