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News Release: Access Physicians and Frio Regional Hospital Partner to Bring Telecardiology to Local Residents

Feb. 3, 2020 (Pearsall, Texas) – Frio Regional Hospital is partnering with the nation’s leading multispecialty telemedicine group to bring telecardiology to its hospital. Prior to the partnership with Access Physicians, local residents requiring cardiac care had to be transferred to other hospitals farther away.

“There’s no reason that someone’s zip code should determine their access to the best clinical resources,” said Chris Gallagher, M.D., CEO, Access Physicians. “Pearsall residents rely on Frio Regional Hospital to be there for them, no matter their health care need or challenge. With our partnership, Frio Regional can keep that promise.”

“Our mission is to improve the quality of life in our community by providing exceptional healthcare with compassion and respect,” said John Hughson, CEO, Frio Regional Hospital. “The telecardiology partnership with Access Physicians completely aligns with our mission … by bringing world-class cardiologists with compassionate bedside manner to our patients so they can stay close to home.”

Through the partnership, Frio Regional connects with an Access Physician, board-certified cardiologist via secure, high-resolution technology in minutes. On-site nurses and health care providers and other physicians have access to the highest level of consultation to diagnose and treat patients with arrythmias, congestive heart failure, and other conditions.

Access Physicians is a multispecialty physician group that combines clinical workflows, peer-referenced specialists, and a world-class telemedicine experience supported with a clinical sense of urgency. Current clients include Fortune 500 healthcare enterprises, independent rural and community hospitals, regional hospital networks, and the nation’s first and largest operator of micro-hospitals. The company has also received exclusive endorsements, including being the first telemedicine company to be endorsed by a hospital association. The Texas Hospital Association, the second largest in the country representing 8 percent of U.S. hospitals, named Access Physicians as an endorsed partner for telemedicine needs in 2019, as did TMSI, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals.