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03/12/14 — Video chats helping mental patients at Wayne Memorial Hospital

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Video chats helping mental patients at Wayne Memorial Hospital

By Matthew Whittle
Published in News on March 12, 2014 1:46 PM

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Rakishia Peterson, clinical operations supervisor for Wayne Memorial Hospital's emergency department, and Christy Harness, director of telepsychiatry services at Coastal Carolina Neuropsychiatric Center, on the screen, demonstrate how a telepsychiatry evaluation is done. The patient would sit in the chair.

Faced with a continuous backlog of mental health patients in its emergency department, Wayne Memorial Hospital is taking part in a new state effort to provide telepsychiatry services throughout eastern North Carolina. Since the end of January, about 30...

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