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Seneca Telehealth Center opens

Seneca Hospital CEO Linda Wagner, left, and Telehealth Coordinator Tara Crawford are all smiles as they cut the ribbon to open the new Telehealth Center in the Lake Almanor Clinic on 199 Reynolds Road in Chester. Teleconferencing at the center will include doctors in behavioral health, psychiatry and pain management as part of the provider team at Seneca Healthcare. Photo by Gregg Scott

The ribbon cutting ceremony April 26 at the Seneca Hospital Telehealth Center officially declares the accessibility of the new services in the clinic.

Telehealth services now available at the clinic include psychology (behavioral health), psychiatry and pain management.

Dr. Margaret “Peggy” Main, LCSW, is a licensed Clinical Social Work Psychotherapist with 25 years experience in the field of mental health.

She has experience with all age groups and a wide range of diagnoses that she brings to Seneca.

Her focus is to help individuals and/or their family through daily challenges along with experienced staff.

Bentson McFarland, M.D., Ph.D. has been practicing medicine since 1979.

His specialties are depression and pharmacology. He was a professor of psychiatry at the Oregon Health and Science University for many years and is the author of numerous publications about psychiatry.

He will be focusing on diagnoses, treatment and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders.

Marc J. Porot, M.D., has been in practice since 1974 and is a certified anesthesiologist.

He has taught biomedical engineering and has several published medical works.

For the last 13 years, Dr. Porot has focused exclusively on pain management through Telehealth. His goal is to assist patients in decreasing pain and increasing function for a better quality of life.

To access services of these new providers, an individual will need to see their primary care physician to get a referral appointment.

A Telehealth appointment is just like a normal healthcare appointment except the patient will be seeing and talking to their specialist remotely via videoconferencing from the clinic teleconferencing center.

A patient may need to bring any test results, x-rays or medications to the visit.

At the ribbon cutting, Telehealth Coordinator Tara Crawford announced a Telehealth Care Center open house to allow the community to come and experience this innovation in healthcare.

The open house will take place Thursday, May 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Telehealth Center in the Lake Almanor Clinic on 199 Reynolds Road in Chester. One of the doctors will be available at 12:30 p.m. to demonstrate to visitors what a normal appointment might be like.

Attendees need to assemble outside the walk-in clinic during the 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. hour and will be guided to the center.

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