Officials at Dayton Children’s Hospital and Nationwide Children’s Hospital are pleased to announce their joint outpatient specialty care center will open March 24, 2014. The Ohio Pediatric Care Alliance was formed last October to improve access to highly specialized pediatric services for all Springfield area families.
The Ohio Pediatric Care Alliance is designed to reduce duplication of services and improve efficiencies and allow for the two independent children’s hospitals to work together in the Springfield area to improve access to subspecialty pediatric care, execute shared initiatives and evaluate needs for new services.
The two children’s hospitals will deliver services at 1644 N. Limestone Street in Springfield. The specialty center is located next door to Pediatric Associates of Springfield. Dayton Children’s will move its services from its current Springfield location at the MercyCrest Medical Arts Building.
Pediatric specialty services available at the joint location include cardiology; ear, nose and throat (ENT); endocrinology/diabetes, gastroenterology, neurology, pediatric surgery and pulmonary. Genetic counseling, Child Lab and medical imaging services will also be available. New to Springfield as part of this venture will be X-ray and ultrasound. Pulmonary function testing, electrocardiogram (EKG), echocardiograms and electroencephalography (EEG) will also be available.
“Dayton Children’s strategic roadmap, Destination 2020, calls for strong care alliances to improve access to quality pediatric care for the children of our region. We are thrilled about this new alliance which enables us to better meet the needs of families and community physicians in the Springfield area,” says Dayton Children’s president and CEO Deborah A. Feldman.
In most cases, a referral is required to be seen by a Dayton Children’s or Nationwide Children’s specialist or for any testing. Appointments are required for most services except laboratory, X-ray, EKG, ultrasound and concussion testing. Lab and imaging services are available 8:30 am to 8:00 pm Monday to Friday and 8:30 to 2:00 pm Saturday.
About Dayton Children’s Hospital
One of only 45 independent freestanding children’s hospitals in the country, Dayton Children’s is the region’s only medical facility dedicated to children and caring for them regardless of their ability to pay. Accredited by The Joint Commission and serving 20 Ohio counties and eastern Indiana, the experts at Dayton Children’s care for more than 290,000 children each year. Consistently recognized as one of the country’s best and most cost-effective pediatric hospitals, Dayton Children’s has been recognized as by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as Magnet, accredited with commendation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and the only verified pediatric trauma center in the region. Dayton Children’s is home to the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and together with the U.S. Air Force shares the nation’s only civilian-military integrated pe-diatric training program. For more children’s health and safety information, visit our web site at www.childrensdayton.org.
About Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Ranked in all 10 specialties on U.S.News & World Report’s 2013-14 “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” list, Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare networks providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s, also ranked among the Top 10 on Parents magazine’s 2013 “Best Children’s Hospitals” list, has a medical staff of 1,100 and 9,400 employees that provide state-of-the-art pediatric care for one million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. Nationwide Children’s remains true to the original mission since its founding in 1892 of providing care regardless of a family’s ability to pay. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.