St. Patrick Center, Nurse Disrupted team up on virtual health care

January 4, 2024
An image of a nursing holding a computer tablet to demonstrate how the Nurse Disrupted program works.

Accessing health care without going to the emergency room is a significant challenge for those experiencing homelessness. Often, the unsheltered have no choice but to go the ER, even for seemingly routine symptoms that could be addressed through a medical consultation. But with Nurse Disrupted, St. Patrick Center, an agency of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, has engaged a partner that is making it simpler for clients in their emergency shelter to get quick, easy access to a nurse.

Through this collaboration, our ministry, St. Patrick Center, is able to help our brothers and sisters in need with medical consultations and bring another form of healing to those who may be overlooked in a traditional setting. We welcome this partnership and look forward to deepening the relationship across our entire ministry.

Jared Bryson, president and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Nurse Disrupted is a tablet technology designed to virtually connect registered nurses to those who are homeless and other vulnerable populations. Nurse Disrupted simplifies the healthcare system and processes: With one click on a portable tablet, a registered nurse appears in seconds. The registered nurses are under the umbrella of Conduit Health Partners, a subsidiary of Bon Secours Mercy Health.

Not only does Nurse Disrupted provide easy access for the user, it also results in significant savings for the healthcare system. While a basic visit to the emergency room can easily cost over $2,000, consulting a nurse through Nurse Disrupted costs only $27. 

“St Patrick Center’s engagement and commitment to the success of their tele-nurse triage program has already led to an estimated prevention of six unnecessary emergency department visits and over $12,000 in healthcare savings,” says Sean McCormack, president of Nurse Disrupted. “We are excited to be exploring with them how we can augment their innovative hospital program and look forward to more incredible things to come.”

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