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Access Physicians and Cuero Regional Launch Tele-Pulmonary and Critical Care Service

Hospital news | Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Partnership is hospital’s third telemedicine service line with Access Physicians

Cuero Regional Hospital has added a third telemedicine service line in partnership with Access Physicians, a division of SOC Telemed. Beginning September 29, Access Physicians’ board-certified pulmonary and critical care specialists are available 24/7 to support on-site care of patients requiring an ICU level of care, such as the need for mechanical ventilation, congestive heart failure, serious infections, and other life-threatening conditions.

“There’s never been a more critical time to have the highest level of specialty care provided close to home,” said Lynn Falcone, CEO, Cuero Regional Hospital. “Hospital ICU bed capacity throughout the state is almost nonexistent because of the COVID-19 surge, and through this telemedicine partnership, we can care for more patients in our hospital and not have to transfer them to Victoria, San Antonio, Houston, or even further afield.”

Through the telemedicine partnership, health care providers at Cuero can connect with an Access Physicians board-certified pulmonary and critical care specialist via secure, high-resolution technology in minutes. On-site respiratory therapists, nurses, and other physicians have access to the highest level of consultation to diagnose and treat the most seriously ill patients and not have to transfer them to other hospitals. Access Physicians has worked with the clinical and operational teams at the hospital to ensure on-site resources are available and capable of supporting such a high level of care.

Since 2019, Cuero has partnered with Access Physicians to provide tele-cardiology to patients needing inpatient cardiac care and pre-surgical evaluations. The hospital added tele-psychiatry in late 2020.
“We partner with Access Physicians to build telemedicine programs that work for our clinicians, patients, and community,” said Falcone. “Together, we are fostering Cuero’s vision of being our community’s first choice for health and wellness by consistently exceeding expectations.”

“Access Physicians prides itself on working with forward-thinking hospitals to enhance the delivery of clinical excellence locally,” Chris Gallagher, M.D., president, Access Physicians, a division of SOC Telemed. “Cuero Regional is exemplary in its commitment to patient care, and we are thrilled to be their partner. The addition of tele-pulmonary and critical care to the service lines will only enhance the level of care and commitment Cuero-area patients can expect to get from their local hospital.”

In March 2021, Access Physicians joined SOC Telemed (SOC), the leading national provider of acute telemedicine technology and solutions to hospitals, health systems, post-acute providers, physician networks, and value-based care organizations since 2004. Built on proven and scalable infrastructure as an enterprise-wide solution, SOC’s technology platform, Telemed IQ, rapidly deploys and seamlessly optimizes telemedicine programs across the continuum of care. SOC provides a supportive and dedicated partner presence, virtually delivering patient care through teleNeurology, telePsychiatry, teleCritical Care, telePulmonology, teleCardiology, teleInfectious Disease, teleNephrology, teleMaternal-Fetal Medicine and other service lines, enabling healthcare organizations to build sustainable telemedicine programs across clinical specialties. SOC enables organizations to enrich their care models and touch more lives by supplying healthcare teams with industry-leading solutions that drive improved clinical care, patient outcomes, and organizational health. The company was the first provider of acute clinical telemedicine services to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and has maintained that accreditation every year since inception. For more information, visit and
Cuero Regional Hospital is located at 2550 N. Esplanade in Cuero, Texas and offers an ED- Level IV Trauma Center, on-staff General Surgeon, and a TeleStroke program, as well as TeleCardiology and TelePsychiatry program. For more information, visit or call (361) 275-6191.

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