SGCMH, Access Physicians launch tele-hospitalist program

STE. GENEVIEVE – Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital (SGCMH) is partnering with the nation’s leading multi-specialty telemedicine group Access Physicians to provide tele-hospitalist services for its patients. Both will work together to deliver high-quality inpatient care.

Through the partnership, healthcare providers at SGCMH can connect with Access Physicians, board-certified tele-hospitalist via secure, high resolution technology in minutes. SGCMH providers and staff have access to telemedicine and hybrid programs for both day and night coverage.

“Access Physicians prides itself on working with forward-thinking hospitals to enhance the delivery of clinical excellence locally,” said Chris Gallagher, M.D., CEO, Access Physicians. “Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital has a tradition of innovation and implementation of best practices, and we look forward to working with them to further this tradition.”

Access Physicians Nurse Practitioner, Christina Tice will oversee the project at the hospital working alongside hospital staff.  Her role will be to coordinate patient care and provide support for on-site clinical teams. 

“With inpatient care increasingly focused on patients with complex, high acuity conditions, having a hospitalist to manage and coordinate patient care is essential,” stated Tice. “I am excited to be working at SGCMH.”

As a team, both organizations expect to improve operations and have quality results including reduced care delivery costs. 

“Partnering with Access Physicians aligns with our core values of innovation, excellence, and teamwork,” said Steve Pautler, DPS, MHA, BSN, FACHE, and CEO, Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital. “Our patients rely on us to be there for them, no matter their health care need. With the tele-hospitalist program, we can increase timeliness of care, reduce length of stay and improve patient satisfaction.

Because our health system is so well integrated, the hospitalists will have ready access to our patient’s primary care physicians and nurse practitioners, so the care can be consistent no matter where it’s needed.”

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About Access Physicians

Access Physicians is the leading multi-specialty physician group committed to clinical excellence through telemedicine. Founded by physicians, the company is one of the largest providers of acute subspecialty telemedicine, deploying 240 telemedicine programs at hospitals in 22 states and providing care for nearly two million high-acuity patients in some of the hardest-to-serve healthcare environments. Core clinical service lines include Pulmonary & Critical Care, Acute Stroke & General Neurology, Hospitalist Medicine, Cardiology, Infectious Disease & Antibiotic Stewardship, and Maternal Fetal Medicine. Access Physicians is endorsed by the Texas Hospital Association, Iowa Hospital Association, ShareCOR, a subsidiary of the Louisiana Hospital Association, and TMSI, a division of the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals. For more information, visit


About Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital

Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital is a critical access acute care hospital in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., offering private rooms and a full continuum of medical and surgical services as well as 24-hour adult and pediatric emergency services including pediatric telemedicine. Services available also include inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures, cancer care and research center, a full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient diagnostic testing and treatment services, plus dynamic women’s wellness services including obstetrics, gynecology and extensive breast care. The hospital and its physician clinics offer primary and specialty care providers and provide after-hours care and retail pharmacies. SGCMH serves families in the counties of St. Louis and southeast Missouri counties including Jefferson, Franklin, Saint Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Perry and Washington in Missouri, along with Monroe, Randolph and St. Clair counties in Illinois. For more information, visit