Mount Clemens, Mich – June 30, 2005 – The miracle of life and the miracle of technology are about to merge to create a Webcast “bundle of joy” for U.S. Marine Sgt. Peter Boucher and his wife Stacy.
Sgt. Boucher, 26, an eight-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, is currently stationed in Iraq and is anxiously waiting the birth of the couple’s first child. The child is expected to be delivered sometime Friday, July 1 at Mount Clemens General Hospital (MCGH), in Mount Clemens, Michigan.
Usually, a long-distance phone line would have to suffice to communicate the good news but through a live Webcast, Sgt. Boucher will be able to witness the birth as it happens, allowing him to be as close as possible to Stacy and baby.
“The last time he saw me was at 25 weeks so this is the first time he’ll see me with the big belly, the first time in 19 weeks,” said Stacy Boucher. “With him being so far away, he’s nervous, scared and excited. We’re both very excited. Without him actually being here, I guess this (the Webcast) is the next best thing,” she said.
The idea for the Webcast came from Stacy’s labor and delivery coach, who heard about one being transmitted between Michigan and Florida.
The Webcast is made possible through the cooperative efforts of OB/GYN physician Thomas Zima, DO, Mount Clemens General Hospital Family Birthing Center, and CareTech Solutions. CareTech provides IT services to MCGH and is responsible for setting up the Webcam and coordinating the technical communications.
The delivery is scheduled to take place at MCGH sometime Friday or later. “There is no predicting when it will occur,” said Dr. Zima. “We’re inducing labor and it can happen anytime.”
Dr. Zima is happy that the young couple will be able to visually communicate during the birth.
“I think it’s great that we can help one of our soldiers in Iraq. My son was a Marine captain helicopter pilot and I personally take pride in being able to support our troops,” he said.
“The Army and Marines are handling the Web connection in Iraq, “ said Joseph Esdale, operations & production support, manager for CareTech Solutions, a company providing information services for Mount Clemens General Hospital. “On this end, we installed the Webcam in the labor and deliver suite and verified that the connection to Iraq will transmit correctly over the Internet.”
The Boucher family resides in Clinton Township, Michigan.
About CareTech Solutions
CareTech Solutions, Inc., an information technology (IT) and health information management (HIM) outsourcing provider for hospitals and health systems, is committed to creating value for healthcare clients through customized, flexible outsourcing solutions that contribute to improving patient care while lowering healthcare costs. Based in Troy, MI, CareTech Solutions offers clients expert services in virtually every facet of information technology from implementing emerging technologies to supporting day-to-day IT and HIM operations for hospitals nationally. For more information please visit: www.caretechsolutions.com.
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