SVMC, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Partner to Provide Specialty Care for Pregnant Women with Diabetes

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BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care, and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Center for Connected Care have launched specialty care for pregnant women with diabetes called "teleGestationalDiabetes."

"Diabetes during pregnancy can be difficult to manage, because patients need a lot of detailed information and support," said Dr. Malcolm Paine, chair of the Department of Obstetrics at SVMC. "We are excited to offer this level of specialized care conveniently to our patients, and we believe that this will help to achieve the best possible outcomes for our moms and their babies."

This service uses live, two-way, secure video on large format, high-definition mobile carts to connect D-H providers with SVMC OB/GYN patients who have gestational diabetes and women who have type 2 diabetes and become pregnant.

Patients will see Emily Proulx, a women's health nurse practitioner at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and a certified diabetes educator. She specializes in the care of women with diabetes in pregnancy. Through the convenience of an initial telemedicine visit and follow-up communication, Proulx educates patients about the risks associated with diabetes during pregnancy and diabetes management throughout pregnancy and postpartum.

To access the service, OB/GYNs and midwives identify patients who would benefit and refer them for a consult with Proulx. Her office at Dartmouth-Hitchcock will schedule the telehealth visit. For more information about a teleGestationalDiabetes consultation, call 603-577-4300.


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