Laurence Colman helps the most vulnerable members of a community. As Chief Medical Officer at Greater Oregon Behavioral Health Inc. (GOBHI), he oversees “wraparound initiatives” which work with children who have experienced trauma — neglect and physical, sexual or substance abuse — in their homes.
“Unfortunately, there is a great deal of trauma in the world,” he said of his work as a child psychiatrist. “Wraparound care initiatives aren’t just a quick fix, but instead they look at children in their settings at school, home and social environments — the chaotic and disruptive structures around them — to provide high levels of care.”
Thanks in part to the service capabilities offered by LS Networks, GOBHI received a $436,506 Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant in 2014 from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development program. The grant helps rural residents tap into the enormous potential of modern telecommunications, supporting both education and healthcare initiatives.
“Our videoconferencing program is primarily concerned with behavioral health services, but we’re always expanding. Once completed, GOBHI will have the largest geographical videoconferencing network in Oregon.”
— Ben Exstrom, GOBHI IT Director
At GOBHI, behavioral health specialists provide high levels of care with telecommunications technology. From his office in Portland, Colman uses videoconferencing to reach Oregon’s most isolated communities and at-risk children who have experienced trauma.
“One of the things that ties people to a community is good healthcare,” said Bryan Adams, Director of Sales and Marketing at LS Networks. “Because it’s engineered for high quality and reliability, LS Networks provides a stable platform for GOBHI to launch their game-changing application.”
Headquartered in Portland, Ore., LS Networks is committed to the community and is owned by a collective of rural electric cooperatives and a Native American business enterprise, including over 60,000 citizens and communities. We’re not about the money. We’re about the service to and for our customers.
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