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Loyola Pediatrician a Leader in Group Honored by the American Telemedicine Association

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Loyola University Medical Center pediatrician Dr. Kathleen Webster, a leader in the growing field of telemedicine, is being honored by the American Telemedicine Association (ATA).

Webster is secretary of the ATA's Pediatric Telehealth Special Interest Group (SIG), which has won the association's SIG & Chapter Achievement Award.
The award will be presented during the ATA 2012 Meeting and Exposition, April 28 to May 1, in San José, Calif.

Winners of the annual awards have demonstrated "a long-term commitment to expanding the quality and accessibility of health care through telemedicine and mobile health-care applications," said ATA President Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. "Their work has saved and improved countless lives."

The Pediatric Telehealth SIG has advanced ATA's mission by promoting pediatric telemedicine through external collaboration and outreach, and developing educational opportunities for ATA members and nonmembers. Chair of the group is Dr. Neil Herendeen of the University of Rochester Medical Center, and vice chair is Julie Hall-Barrow, EdD, of the University of Arkansas.

Telemedicine is the use of medical information, exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications, to improve patients' health status. An associated term, "telehealth," is a broader definition that can include nonclinical services. Telemedicine and telehealth include videoconferencing, transmission of still images, patient portals, remote monitoring of vital signs, continuing medical education and nursing call centers.

Webster is director of Loyola's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Telemedicine technology enables Webster and her colleagues to remotely examine patients at any hour of the day or night over a secure, high-speed Internet connection. A high-definition camera and microphone at the bedside allow Webster to see, hear and talk to the patient and the patient's family, nurses and doctors. She can even hear the patient's heartbeat on a telemedicine stethoscope.

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

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