The Lady Dunn Health Centre was presented with the Minister’s Medal Honouring Excellence in Health Quality and Safety from the collaboration with Health Sciences North (HSN) and the North East LHIN in the use of the Virtual Critical Care (VCC) Unit.
The VCC unit uses the latest in video-conferencing technology and electronic medical records sharing to connect HSN with smaller critical care units and emergency departments at hospitals across northeastern Ontario. The VCC model uses a specially designed software program created by the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN), with the coordination of consults provided through CritiCall Ontario. It is the first virtual critical care unit of its kind in Canada.
VCC provides smaller rural hospitals with around-the-clock access to a team of intensive care physicians, specially trained nurses and intensive care unit respiratory therapists based at HSN. Further, VCC builds the critical care experience and skill of clinicians in smaller rural hospitals.