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April/May 2016 Newsletter
In This Issue
Welcome New Partners:
March 2016
CharDonnay Diaiysis, LLC
Hamilton County Eastside Elementary
Southeast GA Primary Care - Cherokee County
Tift Regional Medical Center - Dr. Roberts
Tift Regional Medical Center - Dr. McMahan
Pruitt Health - Ashburn
Pruitt Health - Ocilla
Emanuel Medical Center - Rural Health Stabilization
April 2016
Eastlake Elementary School - TN
Primary Healthcare Center
Primary Healthcare Center - Gilbert Elementary
Primary Healthcare Center - Tiger Creek Elementary
Primary Healthcare Center - FQHC
Rural School-Based TeleHealth Center Initiative
2016 Request for Applications (RFA)
Deadline: June 10, 2016
Save The Date
Each year Global Partnership for TeleHealth begins with a new theme for all of the events we hold. This year the theme is a take on the alphabet.
The ABC's of Telehealth:
A ---- Accessible ---- Providing access to healthcare globally, reducing barriers
B---- Beneficial ---- Lower cost, more affordable care, and a healthier population
C---- Cutting Edge ---- state of the art network allowing healthcare providers to treat, examine, diagnose and educate patients at a distance.
We invite you to join Global Partnership for TeleHealth at these events to learn more about the ABC's of telehealth the "GPT Way"!
th Annual Alabama TeleHealth Summit
August 9, 2016
UAB Hill Student Center, Birmingham, AL
th Annual School Based TeleHealth Summit
November 3, 2016
TRMC Community Events Center, Tifton, GA
rd Annual Florida TeleHealth Summit
November 16-17, 2016
Safety Harbor Spa, Safety Harbor, FL
th Annual Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth Conference
March 22-24, 2017
Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Jekyll Island, GA
GPT Employee Spotlight:
Halli Carter
We are proud of each member of our GPT family so we like to spotlight our Team members so you may know more of what they are responsible for within the company.
Halli Carter, as our youngest employee, is a Scheduling and Credentialing Specialist. Halli keeps up with all the paperwork that involves credentialing the Physicians GPT partners with. She also schedules patients to see these physicians at the site fitted for them. In addition, Halli organizes the Utilization Logs showing each sites use of Telehealth/Telemedicine.
Halli has a 5-year old daughter Madyson and is blessed to be having a baby boy, Aiden Paul, in August. She enjoys spending time with her little family.
You may reach out to Halli for any scheduling, credentialing or utilization needs.
GPT Board Member Spotlight:
Debra Lister, MD
Debra Lister, MD graduated from North Georgia College with a B.S. in biology. She then completed a Medical Technology degree. She received her MD degree from the Medical College of Georgia, followed by training at Greenville Hospital System, Greenville, SC. Dr. Lister is Board Certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Lister is certified in Advance Cardiac Life Support, Advanced Trauma Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. She has been a Fellow of the American Board of Emergency Medicine since 1988 and is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
GPT would like to thank Dr. Debra Lister for being part of our team and success.
Wishing all 84 School-Based TeleHealth Clinics in
Georgia & Tennessee
a Safe and Happy Summer!
Loren Nix, Director of School-Based Telehealth
CONNECT for Health Act
Introduced by Senators Schatz, Wicker, Cochran, Cardin, Thune, and Warner
and Representatives Black, Welch, and Harper to read more about Connect for Health Act visit the link below.
Partner Spotlight:
Nashville Primary Care
Nashville Primary Care is located in Nashville, Georgia and is a Tift Regional-owned practice. The providers associated with Nashville Primary Care are Dr. Richard Wheeler, Dr. Josh Lang, David Atkins-NP, and Mandy McMillan-PA. They have seen 88 students across South Georgia this school year (Aug 2015-present)!!! They are leading the charge for primary care providers!!
Georgia Partnership for Telehealth appreciates the opportunity to partner with Nashville Primary Care. For more information about the providers at Nashville Primary Care please call GPT's scheduling line at 866-754-4325.
PMI Atlanta Chapter April Healthcare Forum Summary
By Lasondria Hill
The PMI Atlanta Healthcare Forum for April was treated to an engaging presentation by Sherrie Williams, Executive Director for Georgia Partnership for Telehealth (GPT), the leading agency in Georgia focused on increasing access to healthcare through the innovative use of technology including telemedicine, health information exchange and telehealth. Ms. Williams strategically developed and implemented Georgia's first school-based health center (SBHC) that utilized telemedicine as a way to close resource gaps. Additionally, she has worked with more than 77 schools in Georgia and Tennessee to open SBHCs in both rural and urban areas.
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Do we have an Identity Crisis?
Sometimes it appears that we have an identity crisis when you consider the many logos and entities associated with "GPT." Frequently I am asked questions as to who we are. Who is Global Partnership for Telehealth? What about Alabama & Florida Partnerships for Telehealth? Aren't you Georgia Partnership for Telehealth?
The answer is "yes, we are all of them!" Our organization started out as the Georgia Telemedicine Program in 2004 under the sponsorship of Georgia's Insurance Commissioner and with funding from WellPoint during the acquisition of Anthem Health Insurance Company & BCBS of Georgia. In 2007 the program transitioned into Georgia's first state-wide, nonprofit, telehealth network, the Georgia Partnership for Telehealth, Inc. Due to exponential growth over the next few years; we transitioned from a state telehealth network to a national and even international telehealth network resulting in the need for a more "inclusive" or "broader" branding or name change.
Global Partnership for Telehealth, Inc. (GPT) was formed in 2012 as a charitable nonprofit corporation serving as the umbrella organization for the Georgia Partnership for Telehealth, the Alabama Partnership for Telehealth, and the Florida Partnership for Telehealth which are all nonprofits dedicated to using telecommunication technologies to promote improvements in healthcare access by assisting in the establishment of telehealth programs.
Other entities that fall under the GPT umbrella:
  • Global Telehealth Missions was formed in 2013 as operations expanded into international & national "mission" opportunities to assist faith based organizations utilize technology to provide increased access to healthcare for communities in need. This division partners with various mission organizations to implement telehealth services in street ministries, orphanages, clinics, and hospitals in Atlanta, Guatemala, Macedonia, Afghanistan, and Honduras.
  • The Southeastern Telehealth Resource Center (SETRC) is a federally (HRSA) grant funded center awarded to Georgia Partnership for Telehealth in 2010 & in 2013 to serve the SE region by advancing telehealth and offering expert advice to established & developing telehealth programs.
  • The National School of Applied TeleHealth (NSAT) is the education arm of SETRC delivering standardized, accredited, and affordable telehealth instruction designed to instruct on the essentials of telehealth and prepare individuals to become valuable members of a telehealth team. www.nationalschoolofappliedtelehealth.org
I hope this explanation clarifies who we are and demonstrates the far reach of GPT. We are a blessed organization!
Rena Brewer, CEO, Global Partnership for TeleHealth
Ask the SETRC Experts...
What exactly is SETRC, and what does it do?
The Southeastern TeleHealth Resource Center (SETRC) is one of twelve regional TeleHealth Resource Centers in the United States. There are also two National Resources Centers. We are funded by the federal Office for the Advancement of Telehealth through a grant program to provide support and guidance to TeleHealth programs. Our mission is to serve as a focal point for advancing the effective use of TeleHealth and support access to TeleHealth services in rural and underserved communities in the southeastern region of the United States. We have extensive TeleHealth experience and can provide services, resources and tools to both developing and operating programs. SETRC serves Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and Florida. We hold quarterly telehealth workgroups and host annual conferences in these states as a part of the mission to advance telehealth in our region. SETRC is here to assist you with your telehealth program.
If you have a question you would like answered please contact Lloyd Sirmons, Director, at
Sign up for the Certified Telemedicine Clinical Presenter or Certified Telehealth Coordinator today by visiting the National School of Applied TeleHealth: NSAT Website
The Southeastern TeleHealth Resource Center serves as a resource to health care providers, health systems, clinics, long term care facilities, schools, government agencies and others interested in providing telehealth services for the rural and underserved in the region. SETRC's coverage area includes Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, and Georgia and is operated by Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth, Inc., Georgia's successful nonprofit statewide telehealth network.
(Grant #G22RH20212-04-00)
For More Information Visit: www.setrc.us
Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth, Inc., 3599 Plant Ave Ext, Blackshear, GA 31516
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