About TeleSAFE

We deliver comprehensive, compassionate care for any survivor of sexual assault via telemedince and are available 24 hours a day, ​7 days a week​. Our services can be delivered in any health care facility.

TeleSAFE is funded in part by New York State.

  • 24/7 primary and backup coverage​
  • 20 NPs and Nurses all with NYSAFE and SANE-A certification​
  • Adult, adolescent and pediatric trained​
  • All providers live and work in NYS​
  • Available for consults, precepting, and exams​

Leadership

Christine Kirk

Executive Director

Christine comes to TeleSAFE with a 15-year proven track record of developing innovative programs in the healthcare space, delivering measurable results that improve program and patient outcomes.  With her background in project management and new program development, she brings her expertise to TeleSAFE clients as they seek to deliver the best quality care to their patients through telemedicine.

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Throughout her career, Christine’s passion and focus have been on improving access to dignified, patient-driven, holistic care, and empowering healthcare providers with the resources they need to do the same.  She has spent her career identifying systemic challenges to those objectives, then overhauling outdated models of care with innovative solutions to affect meaningful transformation and positive patient outcomes.  She has managed a variety of programs from start-up facilities to regional campuses and has coordinated public events; fully written programs; and provided ongoing mentorship to others as a leader in her field.

Nancy Harris

VP of Nursing, NP-C, NYSAFE SANE-A, SANE-P​

Nancy’s career in nursing spans nearly 40 years during which she has worked in pediatrics, the neonatal ICU, and emergency services. As an emergency department nurse at Samaritan Hospital in Troy, NY, she served as coordinator for the hospital’s Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Program.

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In addition, Nancy has completed several sexual assault forensic nurse examiner and pediatric trainings. In 2009, Nancy earned her certification as an adult nurse practitioner from Sage College in Albany, NY. Nancy currently serves as manager for St. Peter’s Health Partners Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Program. During her career she has performed close to 1,000 sexual assault forensic exams.

Christi Waldron

Director of Partnership Development​

Christi Waldron comes to TeleSAFE with 16 years’ experience in the healthcare and sexual assault field. She has coordinating statewide trainings with NYSCASA on how advocacy centers can best partner with college campuses and other external organizations. Additionally, Christi has presented at national conferences on the importance of taking a multi-disciplinary team approach to building partnerships that best serve survivors.

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Christi started as a counselor/advocate then worked her way up to manage and oversee partnerships that directly impact survivors of sexual violence. Christi worked with hospitals, law enforcement, correctional facilities, colleges, and K-12 institutions to ensure they were providing services that follow industry best practices to improve outcomes for survivors. She is dedicated to ensuring survivors have
access to quality care after an assault. TeleSAFE will help to remove barriers to accessing quality care and bridge the gaps so that sexual assault survivors do not fall through the cracks.

Evan Rakowski

Strategic Advisor

Evan is an entrepreneur and consultant that has spent 18 years developing, launching, and scaling disruptive business ventures in the U.S. and abroad. After losing a family member to hospital medical error, he dedicated his career to creating and nurturing companies that provide compassionate, cutting-edge health care, often through innovative uses of technology.

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He previously co-founded TripleCare, which he grew into largest high-acuity telehealth provider to nursing facilities in the United States. Prior to its acquisition in November 2018, TripleCare improved quality of life and access to care for tens of thousands of skilled nursing residents. 

Evan also co-founded of Clinically Home (now Medically Home), the first commercialized hospital-at-home company in the United States. The company delivers acute care to medically complex patients directly in their home, avoiding costly and traumatic ER admissions.

Evan serves as an advisor and mentor to healthcare incubators and startups across the country, and has held C-level roles in operational development, finance, strategy, and capital raising for 10+ companies.

Nurses

TeleSAFE is staffed by a comprehensive and SANE qualified team of nurses.

“TeleSAFE provides a much needed support system for every hospital. Nurses are “my people” and I am so thrilled to offer a helping hand in an already high-stress environment.”

Nadia Giumarra

BSN, RN, SANE-A, SAFE

Nadia has been a registered nurse since 1999, and a certified NY-SAFE since 2008. She has been a TeleSAFE provider since 2018 and holds certifications for SANE-A and NY-SAFE.

“To me TeleSAFE means the ability to support providers while bringing expert specialty care to the bedside no matter the location.”

Tina Bates

BSN, RN, CCRN, SANE-A, SANE-P, NY-SAFE, EMT

Tina has been a registered nurse for 15 years and a forensic nurse examiner for six years. She has been a TeleSAFE provider since 2018 and holds certifications for SANE-A, SANE-P, IPVNE, CCRN, and EMT. Through her work as a Nurse Educator with St.Peter’s Health Partners Forensic Nurse Examiner program, she teaches SANE training and elder abuse training courses, and expanded the course from 37.5 hours to a 50.33-hour course. She has presented at both the Rensselaer County SART conference as well as the NYS IAFN Chapter Annual Conference.

Partners and Sponsors

UCM Digital Health has partnered with St. Peter’s Health Partners, recipient of two grants to provide SAFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner) services using telemedicine technology. This program is available to any hospital in New York state.

The pilot program has two partners:

  • Funding provided through the New York State Office of Victim Services: Grant number 2016-VA-GX-0069, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this product are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Support funding from The New York State Department of Health, Division of Family Health.

St Peter’s Health

Office of Victim Services

UCM Digital Health