Mercy, the sixth largest Catholic healthcare system in the United States, has begun construction on what it says is the nation's first virtual care center. The four-story, 120,000-square-foot center, in Chesterfield, Mo., will open in 2015 and accommodate nearly 300 physicians, nurses, specialists, researchers and support staff. Care will be delivered 24/7 via audio, video and data connections to locations across Mercy as well as outside of Mercy through partnerships with other healthcare providers and large employers. Mercy estimates that the center will manage more than 3 million telehealth visits in the next five years.
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