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Copley & Dartmouth-Hitchcock Expand TeleHealth Collaboration

October 9, 2018

TeleNephrology & TelePulmonology Offered in Addition to TeleRheumatology

Morrisville, VT – Copley Hospital, in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) Connected Care, is expanding Copley’s TeleHealth services to include TeleNephrology and TelePulmonology in addition to TeleRheumatology. The partnership brings together D-H specialists and Copley’s patients via telemedicine to provide evaluations, follow-up exams and recommendations for relevant therapies or interventions. These specialty services use live, two-way secure video on large format, high-definition mobile carts in the Multi-Specialty Clinic at Copley Hospital.

TeleNephrology and TelePulmonology will start in October. These new services will help overcome current barriers to accessible care and improve access for patients living with renal and respiratory diseases and disorders in the greater Lamoille Valley area. In addition, a second D-H TeleRheumatology provider, Stephanie Mathew, DO, has been added to the service.

“Copley and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Connected Care share a commitment to improve access to needed care,” said Vera Jones, Chief Operating Officer of Copley Hospital. “Our TeleRheumatology service started earlier this year, and now we can help meet the needs of patients living with kidney and respiratory diseases and conditions by removing barriers to access. This type of collaboration is efficient, effective and necessary to help build a healthier Vermont.”

“The goal of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Connected Care is to help deliver outstanding care to our region independent of patient location,” stated Kevin Curtis, MD, MS, Medical Director of D-H Connected Care.  “We are thrilled to expand our TeleHealth collaboration with Copley Hospital to include TeleNephrology and TelePulmonology.”

TeleNephrology Specialists Brian Remillard, MD and Charles Hopley, MD, MPH

Brian Remillard, MD is the Section Chief of Nephrology and Hypertension at D-H and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He joined D-H in 1993. He earned his Medical Degree from Harvard Medical School in 1984 and served his Residency at the New England Deaconess Hospital, with his Fellowship in Nephrology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Remillard is board certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology.

Charles Hopley, MD, MPH serves as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He joined D-H in 2018. He received his Medical Degree from Ross University School of Medicine in 2012 and holds a Masters in Public Health from Dartmouth Center for Evaluative Clinical Services. He served his Residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and completed his Fellowship in Nephrology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Hopley is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology.

TelePulmonology Specialist Graham Atkins, MD

Graham Atkins, MD joined D-H in 2016 and specializes in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and critical care medicine. He serves as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He earned his Medical Degree from the University of Edinburgh School of Medicine in 2005, served his Residency in Internal Medicine at Albany Medical Center and completed his Fellowship in Pulmonology & Critical Care Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Dr. Atkins is board certified in Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, and Pulmonary Disease. In addition to providing teleservices, Dr. Atkins will see patients on Copley’s campus and serve as the Medical Director of Pulmonology Rehabilitation at Copley Hospital.

TeleRheumatology Specialists Daniel Albert, MD and Stephanie Mathew, DO

Dr. Albert has more than thirty years of medical experience and currently continues both health service and translational research with a primary focus on innovative therapies for autoimmune disease. Dr. Albert has been with Dartmouth Hitchcock since 2006. He is board-certified in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine.

Stephanie Mathew, DO holds a Medical Degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her Residency in Internal Medicine at Wright State University Affiliated Hospitals and her Fellowship in Rheumatology at Brooke Army Medical Center. Dr. Mathew is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. She also serves as an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

Referrals are necessary for these specialty services. For more information about TeleHealth at Copley Hospital in collaboration with Dartmouth-Hitchcock, please call 802-888-8372.

Copley Hospital offers exceptional care from skilled specialists using state-of-the-art treatments and technology supported with the warm, personalized feel of a community hospital. Copley offers 24-hour emergency services, a family-friendly Birthing Center, and inpatient and outpatient care including Cardiology, General Surgery, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Orthopedics, Rehabilitation Services, and Diagnostic Imaging on its campus in Morrisville. A non-profit community hospital, Copley serves the greater Lamoille County region and is one of the area’s largest employers. Visit or call 802-888-8888 for more information.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) is a nonprofit academic health system serving communities in northern New England. D-H provides access to more than 1,000 primary care doctors and specialists in almost every area of medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, four affiliate hospitals, 24 ambulatory clinics and through the Visiting Nurse and Hospice for VT and NH. The D-H system trains nearly 400 residents and fellows annually, and performs world-class research, in partnership with the Audrey and Theodor Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the White River Junction VA Medical Center.