Apr 25, 2013 2:38 PM by Press Release
LAFAYETTE, LA - Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC) is building on its storied history of medical "firsts" in Acadiana. Innov8 Lafayette named LGMC one of its 2013 Innov8 Award winners for opening the first telemedicine clinic in Acadiana. The awards were presented in a ceremony April 22 at the Acadiana Center for the Arts.
The Innov8 Awards, a project of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, celebrate innovators in Acadiana by showcasing local technological achievement and entrepreneurship. Lafayette General won the Medical category for its telemedicine clinic opened at Stuller, Inc.'s global headquarters in May 2012.
Stuller, Inc., a fine jewelry manufacturer and one of the largest employers in Acadiana, operates its campus with extreme security measures. Those measures make it difficult for employees to easily come and go for outside appointments. The telemedicine clinic provides Stuller's 1,200 associates convenient, secure access to two-way audio and HD video conferencing with primary care physicians and other medical personnel and resources.
Geoff Daily, Executive Director of Lafayette General Foundation and former Executive Director of FiberCorps, which facilitated the technology between LGMC and Stuller, says it took a year of hard work to make the endeavor a reality. "All three organizations worked collaboratively on scoping out what could be delivered and what infrastructure and processes were needed in order to make this dream a reality," he says. "It has become a significant success for Stuller in improving access to care and for Lafayette General in having a proven pilot in this new mode of care."
The clinic features numerous virtual tools, including a Bluetooth stethoscope and digital otoscope. At Stuller, LGMC provides a clinical staff member to facilitate exams and serve as liaison between the patient and physician.
"Stuller is its people and I want to make sure our associates have the best possible opportunity for wellness," said Stuller Founder Matt Stuller when the telemedicine clinic was launched. "This clinic and our new wellness initiative create a positive work environment promoting personal well-being and growth."
Brian Kirk, Vice President of Physician Services at LGMC, credits the joint venture to a shared vision between Stuller and LGMC President/CEO David L. Callecod, FACHE. "Matt Stuller and David Callecod want to be on the cutting edge of reform and technology to add value to our organizations, employees and patients," says Kirk. "Our doctors and patients are pioneering the future of health care."
The Innov8 Award winners are selected by a group of seven local businesspeople in four categories. The other categories and winners were Nonprofit: Evangeline Area Boy Scouts for the Atchafalaya High Adventure Swamp Base; Business: McBraun Industries for its BluDri Product Line; and Education: University of Louisiana at Lafayette for its Cajun Code Fest competition.