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TRMC adds patient channel to TV lineup

PAULA HAYES, clinical education director at Three Rivers Medical Center, highlighted and showcased the new Patient Channel 16 to Chief Executive Officer Greg A. Kiser, MHA. (click for larger version)
02/08/2008 - LOUISA — The Patient Channel is now available at Three Rivers Medical Center in Louisa, according to Chief Executive Officer Greg A. Kiser.

This 24-hour patient education TV channel provides topical, network-quality programming delivered to hospital patient rooms and waiting rooms. The goal of the channel is to educate patients and their families to increase their awareness of medical issues, encourage informed communication with health care providers, improve the ability to make informed decisions, and promote a sense of empowerment during the times when accurate information is most needed.

Programming on The Patient Channel covers a wide spectrum of common chronic diseases, conditions and care topics such as cancer, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, smoking cessation, parenting, patient safety, taking medications and nutrition. New programs are added throughout the year.

For patients, their relatives and friends, the Patient Channel integrates seeing and hearing to help in the retention of information. Furthermore, the channel standardizes and increases access to patient education content 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The outcome is that the hospital's nursing, education and other staff members are able to recommend quality, up-to-date patient education programming for patients in their time of need.

"Programming on The Patient Channel is a great asset to TRMC as it empowers patients to take a more active role in their healthcare," Kiser said. "The channel highlights real patients and their physicians sharing stories for patients to better understand the 'what' and 'why' of a medical condition but also 'how' they can deal with it in a positive manner. It is also an excellent educational tool for families about caring for their loved one."

The educational content on The Patient Channel is reviewed and updated by independent advisory boards, consisting of experts in medicine, patient care, education and ethics, whose objective is to ensure the accuracy and appropriateness of programming. While GE Healthcare distributes the TV channel, the boards review all content prior to airing and identify new opportunities for topics that are contemporary and of high-interest to the general public.

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