Martinsburg VA Medical Center
Martinsburg VA Medical Center goes live on GetWell Network
June 25, 2013
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – The Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center has introduced a new interactive GetWell Network resource to access patient education information, medicinal databases, and entertainment such as television shows, movies, and Internet for Veteran patients.
The GetWell Network was founded in 1999 by Michael O’Neil who was a cancer patient at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Md. During his recovery, O’Neil developed a concept called Interactive Patient Care and started the GetWell Network.
GetWell focuses on patient and family engagement during inpatient care and is currently deployed in 22 Veterans Affairs hospitals around the country.
The GetWell Network installed in the medical center is specifically designed for senior patients. It is easy to navigate and access patient education materials, entertainment and other resources to ensure maximum engagement during their stay.
“Many of our Veterans are unable to leave the facility do to their level of illness or physical impairment but the GetWell Network allows for interaction both within the facility and outside the facility through wireless internet capability,” said Sandra L. Sullivan, associate chief of nursing services for geriatrics and long-term care.
The $3 million project was funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Patient Centered Care. “The GetWell Network will increase patient centered care and the overall patient experience during their stay,” said Bob Manness, chief of customer service. “This new resource will serve 278 beds in Acute Care, Domiciliary Programs and the Community Living Centers.”
The Martinsburg VA Medical Center mission is to honor America’s Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. Located in West Virginia, the medical center offers a comprehensive range of services, including internal medicine, ambulatory surgery, audiology and speech pathology, dental, nursing home, nutrition, podiatry, prosthetics, women’s health, mental health, and rehabilitation medicine. With a service area of nearly 130,000 Veterans in West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, the medical center operates four VA-staffed Outpatient Clinics in Cumberland, Hagerstown, Fort Detrick, Md., and Stephens City, Va. and three contract clinics in Franklin and Petersburg, W.Va. and Harrisonburg, Va.