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Rose Tucker Center
128 W. Washington St., Nanticoke, PA 18634
Rose Tucker Partnership and Tele-Health Monitor System
The Rose Tucker Center in partnership with the Mercy Special Care Hospital,
Nanticoke, PA are in the process of introducing a new program. This program is a
new tele-health monitoring system which will be the first of its kind to be
offered in a senior center. The Center is also the first of its kind in
Luzerne/Wyoming Counties that is in partnership with a hospital.
The monitor will help those with CHF, COPD, high blood pressure, high
cholesterol, history of cardiac surgery, etc. The Health Monitoring System helps
to identify health risks early and prevent them from escalating into something
more serious. The system may help the patient live a more active lifestyle and
reduce Emergency Department visits and unnecessary hospital stays.
The Telemonitor System includes the monitor, a scale, and a blood pressure cuff.
The equipment will be set up so the participant can easily use it every day. The
monitor turns on by itself and lets you know that it is time to collect vital
signs. Voice prompts and text on the monitor face guides you through each step.
After the monitor collects the information it sends it to the health care
provides. If there are any concerns, the health care provides will notify the
participants physician. The entire process takes only a few minutes, all
information is confidential.
This program is a work in progress. Twenty five participants have signed up. The
first step is the setting up of this system and the area in which it will be
located. Fifteen participants have been chosen by how many have the same
physicians. At this time this will include three local physicians. The program
will begin the end of July, beginning of August.
We also have the privilege and cooperation of the Mercy Special Care Hospitals
various departments coming to the center to speak on topics which are geared
toward nutrition, health and wellness. Hospital staff is always helpful and
cooperative to members and staff. Lunch menus along with monthly calendars are
distributed in the outpatient waiting area of the hospital. Staff is kept
informed on any public medical issues by being able to attend hospital staff
After 25 years of being in the same location the center was relocated to the
hospital. This move was a challenge due to it being a central location in the
city of Nanticoke with three high rise apartments close by. Members were
reluctant to the change, but with our announcement in the local newspapers on
what events, activities, fund raisers such as bus trips, hoagie sales, in the
future tage sale, bake sales, entertainment and an upcoming cook book
publication and because of our current members, previous members and our new
member, our volunteers and all involved because of their dedication and
commitment to our center the move is a success.
Time and Manpower
Move - much time and manpower due to the move Tele-Monitor System - just
beginning because of work in progress
Luzerne County Community College, floral shops, bakeries, Mercy Special Care
Hospital, flyers, newspapers.
People 60 years of age and older.
Mercy Special Care Hospital, Luzerne County Community College.
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