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ACMH Receives $25,000 Telemedicine Grant

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On July 3, ACMH Hospital received a grant to implement telepsychiatry from the Staunton Farm Foundation. The hospital plans on utilizing the grant to improve access to behavioral health care, especially during after-hour emergencies when a psychiatrist is not physically present, through the use of telemedicine. These services will be provided as needed to any ACMH inpatient, Emergency Department patient and detoxification patient. The grant funds will be used to acquire telemedicine technology that will provide secure remote access by psychiatrists via personal equipment, such as laptops and tablets, from any location with an internet connection.

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, an estimated one in eight emergency room visits involves a mental health and/or substance use condition. Telepsychiatry will bring timely behavioral health care to the ACMH Emergency Department. 

  • The anticipated outcomes of this project are:
  • Improved patient and family satisfaction, understanding and acceptance
  • Fewer inappropriate admissions
  • Reduced lengths of stay
  • Reduced risk and liability for both clinicians and patients
  • Improved ED throughput
  • Improved psychiatrist satisfaction
  • Attraction of more psychiatrists to practice in Armstrong County

The Staunton Farm Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of people who live with mental illness and/or substance use disorders. The Foundation works to enhance behavioral health treatment and support by advancing best practices through grant making to non-profit organizations in ten southwestern Pennsylvania counties.

ACMH Hospital thanks the Staunton Farm Foundation for their support.