Access Physicians provides Palo Pinto General Hospital with 24/7, 365 days-a year tele-pulmonary and critical care coverage enabling PPGH to keep more patients closer to home and improve access to care. The partnership connects PPPGH with access Physicians through a secure, high-resolution technology in minutes. On-site respiratory therapists, nurses, and other physicians have access to the highest level of diagnosis and treat patients with congestive heart failure, serious infections, those requiring mechanical ventilation, and other life-threatening conditions. Prior to this partnership with Access Physicians, local residents requiring certain levels of care were often transferred to other hospitals farther away.