Tug Valley ARH announces new specialty; Offering Endocrinology Telemedicine

1/24/2019

SOUTH WILLIAMSON, KY - Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center and Beckley ARH Hospital are pleased to announce a partnership to improve health of Eastern Kentuckians. Sarada Jaimungal, MD, a Beckley ARH physician, will provide endocrinology services via telemedicine beginning January 16th.

According to Tim Hatfield, Tug Valley ARH Community CEO, telemedicine provides a convenient way to have an appointment with a physician by using video and audio technology.

“The diagnosis and treatment of diabetes, thyroid diseases and osteoporosis is a service that our communities need and typically have to travel out of the area to receive care,” Hatfield said. “Now, we can offer that care right here.”

Telemedicine allows the patient to see, hear and speak with a healthcare specialist and discuss a plan of care via two-way, interactive television.

“The benefits to the patient are numerous,” told Hatfield. “It improves access to the specialty care, reduces waiting time, reduces travel time and cost, reduces absence from work; and, you are getting the care you need close to home.”

Dr. Jaimungal is double board certified in Endocrinology and Internal Medicine. She did fellowships in Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism and Geriatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She completed her residency at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

Endocrinology Telemedicine referrals can be made to ARH Women’s & Family Health Center, a department of Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center, located at 26901 US HWY 119, Belfry, KY, by calling Whitney Blalock at 606.237.0327, ext 250 or by faxing 606.237.6624.

Photo: Sarada Jaimungal, MD, Endocrinologist is double board certified in Endocrinology and Internal Medicine. She did fellowships in Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism and Geriatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She completed her residency at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

 

### Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) is a not-for-profit health system currently operating 12 hospitals in Barbourville, Hazard, Harlan, Hyden, Martin, McDowell, Middlesboro, West Liberty, Whitesburg and South Williamson in Kentucky and Beckley and Hinton in West Virginia, as well as multi-specialty physician practices, home health agencies, home medical equipment stores and retail pharmacies. ARH employs more than 5,000 people with an annual payroll and benefits of around $330 million generated into our local economies. ARH also has a network of more than 600 active and courtesy medical staff members. ARH is the largest provider of care and single largest employer in southeastern Kentucky and the third largest private employer in southern West Virginia, and is consistently recognized for its medical excellence.

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