|Apr 01, 2011 --
Outline Of Need:
The Scotland County Hospital Medical Staff recognized a need for computer/web based patient education resources, community computer lab and a multi-media viewing area for instructional videos/ web-sites addressing surgical procedures, diagnostic testing, baby care, exercise rehabilitation instruction and diabetes & obesity lectures. It was the staff's desire for a medical library within the Hospital. Because of the rural and remote geographic nature of the hospital, there was no high-speed broadband to access these types of resources.
How Rural Development Helped:
Partnering with the Hospital's well developed plan for implementation of an in-house library, USDA Rural Development awarded a loan in the amount of $9,000,000 and a grant in the amount of $1,000,000 through President Obama's American Recovery & Reinvestment Act. This represents 32,394 sq. ft. of new space, including the library, as an addition to the already existing Rural Health Clinic at the Hospital.
The hospital will now have the resources to educate it's patients and staff through the use of the library. Patients can be referred to the hospital's medical library for information regarding their diagnosis. A library volunteer will walk them through resources in the Patient Education Center. This section of the Library will house a computer lab with directed and approved patient education websites, multi-media viewing area for instructional videos, disease organization's literature and resources, 3-D anatomic models and other instructional aids, approved books and periodicals.
Hospital staff will have access to the library resources and be highly involved with development of the resources for both patients and Hospital staff.
Because of the cost and the internet access disparities, many of these patients do not have internet access at home and the Hospital's library will be a vital opportunity for further disease education, management and instruction.