Missouri River Regional Library is partnering with the University of Missouri Women and Children's Hospital to provide Telehealth Love and Care to its patrons, allowing patrons to communicate with their babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Telehealth Love and Care is a new program for the Children's Hospital. It's a free video service that allows parents and guardians to use a computer to see their babies when they cannot be at the hospital.
"Even though we are somewhat close to Columbia, the cost to drive up there every day and back could become very costly," said Nikki Bateman, computer center supervisor and training coordinator at MRRL. "We hope to reach out to any patrons that have children in the NICU that cannot afford to drive to Columbia daily to check on their children."
Telehealth Love and Care is free to its users. It's funded through the Children's Miracle Network Telethon, the Missouri Telehealth Network and MOREnet.
Parents or guardians who do not have the equipment for a video conference may contact the library and they will provide them with a private room, laptop and a webcam.
To sign up for Telehealth Love and Care, visit muhealth.org and fill out an online form. You may contact the hospital at 800-795-5070.
After registering online, you may contact Nikki Bateman at MRRL to set up a day and time to come in to the library and use the available technologies. Contact Bateman at 634-2464 ext. 257 or firstname.lastname@example.org.