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Media Contact: Judy Conner, Public Relations Manager, at 408.773.4284 or email: jconner@pathwayshealth.org

Grant Cuesta Sub-Acute and Pathways Home Health & Hospice Use VGo Robot to Monitor Patients

Sunnyvale, California - October 23, 2013 - Grant Cuesta Sub-Acute and Rehabilitation Center and Pathways Home Health & Hospice recently installed the VGo robotic two-way communication technology to expand the reach of care for hospice patients. Grant Cuesta Sub-Acute and Pathways Hospice work closely to care for shared patients living at Grant Cuesta. If a patient’s health status changes, often a consultation with a hospice doctor is needed. The VGo robotic two-way telepresence, driven remotely by a Pathways Hospice doctor via computer, enables the facility’s staff to have an instant, real-time consultation.

El Camino Hospital was instrumental in assisting Pathways Home Health & Hospice and Grant Cuesta Sub-Acute and Rehabilitation Center with the acquisition and initial operation of the VGo robot. The VGo robotic technology has been in use at El Camino Hospital for over a year. Pathways Home Health & Hospice is an affiliate of El Camino Hospital and Grant Cuesta is a member of the Covenant Care Nursing Facilities family.

“Grant Cuesta Sub-Acute provides comprehensive rehabilitation and nursing care for patients with complex medical needs,” said Heidi Stone, Area Marketing Manager, Grant Cuesta Sub-Acute and Rehabilitation Center. “The VGo telepresence robot is yet another way for us to monitor and provide timely care for the hospice patients we share with Pathways Home Health & Hospice.”

“Pathways is very enthusiastic about partnering with Grant Cuesta on the use of the VGo robot at their facility,” said Georgia Rock, COO, Pathways Home Health & Hospice. “The VGo technology works as a two-way camera, and will allow our doctors to consult with the nursing staff at Grant Cuesta immediately.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left to right back row (Dr. Ellen Brown, Medical Director, Pathways; Marc Argabright, Executive Director, Grant Cuesta; John Young, Director Business Development & Sales, Pathways; Brad Miller, IT Director, Pathways; Dr. Stephen Nichols, Facility Medical Director, Grant Cuesta.)

Left to right front row (Dinna Gonzales, Director of Rehabilitation, Grant Cuesta; Heidi Stone, Area Director, Sales and Marketing, Grant Cuesta; VGo Telepresence Robot; Jackie Chan, Director of Nursing Services, Grant Cuesta.)

About Grant Cuesta Sub-Acute & Rehabilitation Center
Grant Cuesta Sub-Acute and Rehabilitation Center provides high quality nursing and therapy care to promote a superior level of rehabilitation for their residents. In addition to skilled Nursing services 24 hours a day, they are rehabilitation specialists, offering physical therapy, speech and occupational therapy up to 7 days a week. Their goal is to help individuals achieve their highest possible functioning level and to assist them in returning home whenever practical.

About Pathways Home Health & Hospice
Pathways Home Health & Hospice is a non-profit, community-based organization with more than 36 years of assisting Bay Area families. Pathways was founded in 1977 by a group of Stanford physicians and community members who saw the need for professional care at home. That first year, Pathways served 12 patients. Pathways now serves over 5,000 families a year in San Francisco, Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo and Contra Costa Counties.

Affiliated with El Camino and Sequoia Hospitals since 1986, Pathways Home Health & Hospice is accredited by The Joint Commission, and is a member of the Visiting Nurse Association of America, California Hospice & Palliative Care Association, and the California Association of Health Services at Home. Pathways Home Health & Hospice is a designated 2012 HomeCare Elite Agency for Quality Care.

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