• COVID-19 Preparedness: Dignity Health Central Coast Launches TeleHealth Capabilities for Patients Requiring Remote Services

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    March 30, 2020
    COVID-19 Preparedness: Dignity Health Central Coast Launches
    TeleHealth Capabilities for Patients Requiring Remote Services


    CENTRAL COAST, CA – March 26, 2020 – In an effort to increase access to
    health care for all Central Coast community members during the COVID-19
    pandemic, Pacific Central Coast Health Centers have initiated TeleHealth
    capabilities. This accessible, high-quality health care service provides video visits
    with a patient’s own physician or advanced practice provider using a phone,
    tablet, or a computer.

    The benefits of Dignity Health’s TeleHealth Video Visits include:
     Remote clinical support using communications technology.
     Remotely connecting patients with their own personal physician (primary
    care or specialist) or advanced practice provider.
     Providing clinical care when it may not be safe for the patient to travel to
    an office location.
     Compatibility with various devices and types of technology.
     Improved health outcomes with greater access to care.

    “TeleHealth services offer patients an alternative method for care and are an
    excellent option for communicating with their healthcare provider during this time
    of extreme precaution and social distancing”, says Scott Robertson, M.D. “We are
    taking extensive measures to ensure the health of those we serve is preserved
    across our continuum of care. Patients may call their physician today for a
    TeleHealth visit. If individuals do not have a physician and need an office or
    TeleHealth services, they can call (805) 545-7000.”

    A primary care provider is typically the first point of contact for common health
    issues. In addition, Pacific Central Coast Health Centers offers five urgent care
    locations along the Central Coast and an array of specialty services to meet the
    health care needs of the communities it serves.

    Pacific Central Coast Health Centers is a non-profit community clinic
    organization comprised of more than 40 health centers spanning from Lompoc to
    Templeton. Our experienced physicians and advanced practice providers offer a
    wide range of primary and specialty care services.

    In addition to this recent advancement at such a critical time, Dignity Health
    Central Coast, which includes Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, French
    Hospital Medical Center, and Marian Regional Medical Center’s Emergency
    Departments are available for the care of patients 24 hours a day, every day. If an
    individual is in distress or experiencing a health emergency, it is advised they visit
    the emergency department immediately. If individuals are not feeling well, they
    are advised to call their primary care physician or Dignity Health Urgent Care
    center directly, or use the Telehealth service to expedite care. Testing for COVID-
    19 will be facilitated if symptoms are present, including:

     Fever
     Cough
     Shortness of breath
     Body aches
     Nasal congestion

    For more information about Pacific Central Coast Health Centers, visit:
    www.dignityhealth.org/phc. For information about access to Telehealth services,
    please call your Dignity Health primary care or specialist office for more
    information. If you do not have a primary care physician, you may call (805) 545-
    7000 for TeleHealth services.

    About Pacific Coast Health Centers
    A service of Dignity Health, Pacific Central Coast Health Centers (PHC)
    is a non-profit Community clinic organization comprised of more than 40
    health centers located primarily from Lompoc to Templeton. Our
    experienced physicians and advanced practice providers offer a wide
    range of primary and specialty care services. PHC is a part of Dignity
    Health Central Coast’s award-winning network of outstanding hospitals,
    urgent cares, imaging centers, laboratories, and post-acute services.
    About Dignity Health Central Coast

    Dignity Health Central Coast is comprised of five award-winning hospitals, all
    recognized for their quality of care, safety and service, primary care offices,
    premier ambulatory surgery centers, technologically advanced imaging centers,
    outpatient services, and comprehensive home health services. Hospitals in the
    Dignity Health Central Coast region are supported by an active philanthropic
    Foundation to provide additional funding to support new programs and services,
    as well as to advance the community’s access to health care. For more
    information, visit dignityhealth.org/centralcoast.
    Contact:
    Megan Maloney
    (805) 458-1957