SMH Implements Telehealth Services

The highlight of May at Sheridan Memorial Hospital was the hospital reopening. (Courtesy photo)

Starting Thursday, telehealth services will be available for all Sheridan Memorial Hospital internal medicine patients.

That service will be available in addition to telephone consultations, according to Tim Grollmes, practice administrator, who said for the safety of patients, physicians and staff, all scheduled visits will be switched to either a phone or telehealth consultation.

Sheridan Memorial Hospital is contacting all patients with a current appointment scheduled to discuss the change and make sure the patient has the necessary equipment to utilize telehealth.

Dr. John Addlesperger, the hospital’s chief medical officer, said this doesn’t change how the hospital is addressing patients who are exhibiting, or think they have the symptoms of, COVID-19.

He said those patients should still contact the hospital via the COVID-19 dedicated phone number at 672-1004.

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What is the total cost of a telehealth visit? Is it less expensive than a visit in person?