(From the November 2015 Issue of MedStat)
Nationwide Children’s recently announced a partnership with Columbus City Schools (CCS) to place nurse practitioners and behavioral health specialists in select CCS buildings for the purpose of creating an access point to establish or re-connect the child to the health care system and their medical home, including the child’s known primary care physician. The care provided by nurse practitioners will be supported by physicians from both Nationwide Children’s Primary Care and Adolescent Medicine. This partnership addresses an unmet need in our community, as more than 60 percent of teens in Franklin County do not receive an annual well child check, and approximately 70 percent of them attend CCS. Read the FAQs on how this partnership is structured to help the health of our community and connect children to a medical home.
Community Messages through Epic provides a secure, web-based tool for community physicians to communicate with specialists at Nationwide Children’s Hospital regarding the care of a mutual patient. With CareLink Community Messages, physicians are now able to respond to the information in Epic and communicate with specialists by asking or answering questions, giving status updates, making comments or voicing concerns. To date, more than 40 primary care providers have sent and received more than 300 secure Community Messages with more than 100 specialists at Nationwide Children’s in regards to care of mutual patients. To enroll or for a full list of the departments using CareLink, visit NationwideChildrens.org/CareLink.
The following have been elected medical staff officers for a two-year term effective January 1, 2016:
President - Allan Beebe, MD; Orthopaedics
Vice President - Thomas Pommering, DO; Family Practice (sports medicine)
Past President - MaryLou McGregor, MD; Ophthalmology