Video Guidance Helps Hazelden Connect Therapists to Patients with Innovative Visual Communications System

BLOOMINGTON, Minn.--()--Video Guidance, a leading visual communications company, is helping Hazelden, one of the world’s largest and most respected private, nonprofit alcohol and drug addiction treatment centers, visually connect therapists to patients after they have completed their residential program. The application is called Telehealth and connects patients with the tools, support, and fellowship needed to build new lives in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

“We’re using video technology to let our clients access Hazelden’s services and unique expertise in a way that is clinically appropriate and more convenient,” said Rich Friedeman, IT Enterprise Services Manager at Hazelden. “Telehealth allows people to get back into the rest of their lives without having to give up the personal connection they built with a therapist during treatment.”

Video Guidance provides strategic video conferencing, telepresence and audio visual technologies and services. In addition to Telehealth, the company designed a cost-effective state-of-the-art internal video conferencing system, connecting Hazelden’s facilities in Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois and Florida.

“Video Guidance understands the many facets of this disease and was able to translate ongoing patient care into a technical platform for visual communications,” said Michael Werch, president and CEO of Video Guidance.

Future innovative applications will range from online education and distance learning, to continuing recovery programs and direct delivery of patient care.

About Hazelden
Hazelden, a national nonprofit organization founded in 1949, helps people reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction. Built on decades of knowledge and experience, Hazelden offers a comprehensive approach to addiction that addresses the full range of patient, family, and professional needs, including treatment and continuing care for youth and adults, research, higher education, public education and advocacy, and publishing. It currently has facilities in Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois, New York and Florida. Learn more at www.hazelden.org

About Video Guidance
As an independent provider of visual communications, Video Guidance partners with the world's leading audio/visual equipment manufacturers to implement customized strategic communications. The customer-focused company differentiates itself by providing “best of breed” technologies and unlimited applications to help its customers to communicate more effectively and to exceed their business goals.

Founded in 1999, Video Guidance is privately held and headquartered in Bloomington, Minn. Video Guidance is an independent partner of Cisco, Polycom and LifeSize, and maintains strategic alliances with Conference Plus, On Stream Media Corporation, VQ Communications, VBrick, and Accordent. For five consecutive years, Video Guidance has been named to the "Inc. 5,000" list of the nation's fastest growing private companies, and is one of the top privately held companies in Minnesota and one of the top 150 telecommunications companies in the nation. In addition, Video Guidance has been named by The Business Journal as one of the "50 Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies" in the Twin Cities.

Contacts

Shore to Shore Communications, Inc. for Video Guidance
Gail D. Shore, 952-925-6102
gshore@winternet.com
or
Hazelden
Christine Anderson, 651-213-4231
canderson@hazelden.org

Release Summary

Video Guidance is helping Hazelden visually connect therapists to patients after they have completed their residential program.

Contacts

Shore to Shore Communications, Inc. for Video Guidance
Gail D. Shore, 952-925-6102
gshore@winternet.com
or
Hazelden
Christine Anderson, 651-213-4231
canderson@hazelden.org