CASPER -Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) Many children with health problems in Wyoming have to travel to Denver for treatment.
Starting in October, more children will now be able to be treated locally. This will be made possible through the partnership of Wyoming Medical Center, Children's Hospital Colorado and the Olivia Caldwell Foundation.
“To be able to take that burden off of families is something that is just going to be life changing. Because then they can be here, they can not have to leave the comfort of their own home and they can still see these world class experts.” Katie Caldwell-Burchett, Founder of the Olivia Caldwell Foundation, said.
Using new video technology, Wyoming Medical Center will be able to communicate with medical experts from Children's Colorado.
“We’re very excited about this collaboration. We feel like this is an exciting time in particularly for me whose interest is in telemedicine and neonatology. This is a very new fledging technology.” Dr. Jeanne Zenge of Children's Colorado said.
There is around the clock calling ability but Children's Colorado is also helping educate and train in Casper.
“They’re great resources and we’re in contact with them a lot. So it's awesome as a nurse to have that education so available and have them a click away on an email or a phone call. They’re willing to come up and do this education for us.” Caitlin Dixon, a Registered Nurse at Wyoming Medical Center, said.
Starting in November a special pediatric clinic will be opening near the Wyoming Medical Center. The clinic will be shared with the Olivia Caldwell Foundation.