November 29 2010 - New Telemedicine System Serves Child Sexual Assault Victims


WINNSBORO – Investigators and prosecutors of child abuse have a new, high-tech weapon for their arsenal—a digital camera system that can detect even the slightest evidence of physical or sexual assault—thanks to the Trinity Mother Frances Foundation For Health Care Philanthropy. Janet Coates, CEO of Mother Frances Hospital-Winnsboro, presented the $25,000 gift for the Secure Digital Forensic Imaging®-TeleMedicine system to Jerry Edwards, executive director of the Northeast Texas Child Advocacy Center. The system, which captures and delivers high-resolution images of body cavities that may have been injured during a physical or sexual assault, provides a less-invasive way to give prosecutors stronger evidence more quickly.

"We have already seen a huge difference," said Edwards. "The old colposcope was a camera attached to a long, adjustable arm, and it was especially frightening for children."

Edwards said the less-intimidating digital camera for the new system can zoom in by more than 100 percent without becoming blurry. The system also includes software that enables large files with pictures to be sent via email in high-security encrypted folders. Since opening in 1998, the Winnsboro-based Northeast Texas Child Advocacy Center has seen over 4,923 children in the eight-county serve area.

About the TMF Foundation For Health Care Philanthropy

The Trinity Mother Frances Foundation For Health Care Philanthropy was established to help provide health care services to the community through philanthropy. Contributions support health care programs, assist in providing advanced medical technology and help meet needs of individuals and families through services or charity care.

About Mother Frances Hospital-Winnsboro

Mother Frances Hospital-Winnsboro offers a wide range of medical services. The 50-bed, full-service hospital includes a 24-hour Emergency Care Center and is conveniently located for residents of Camp, Franklin, Hopkins, Rains and Wood counties and surrounding areas.