Mount Carmel and Nationwide Childrens Hospital Collaborate To Operate Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Mount Carmel St. Anns

August 16, 2010

Mount Carmel Health System and Nationwide Children’s Hospital have formed a relationship that will utilize the strengths of both organizations to provide outstanding care to seriously ill and premature infants.  The health systems have entered into a collaborative agreement in which Nationwide Children’s will lease and operate the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s hospital in Westerville.  Beginning August 17, 2010 the NICU will be known as the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s.

This change will be seamless for patients and families as well as for the physicians who deliver babies and take care of newborns at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s.

“The Mount Carmel St. Ann’s NICU staff already provides outstanding care, and this collaboration will enable us to build upon our existing strengths and capitalize upon Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s experience, expertise and reputation,” said Claus von Zychlin, president and chief executive officer of Mount Carmel Health System.

For Nationwide Children’s, this relationship will build on already-strong clinical collaborations that exist with numerous adult-care hospitals in Columbus including serving as the home of the Department of Pediatrics for The Ohio State University.

“As Columbus’ fully-dedicated pediatric provider, Nationwide Children’s Hospital is excited about this collaboration at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s,” said Steve Allen, MD, chief executive officer of Nationwide Children’s. “This new relationship shows our commitment to bring the highest quality of care for ill and premature infants and allows us to help enhance the health of our community’s children.”

Level III NICUs are capable of providing the highest quality of care for seriously ill and premature infants.  The NICU at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s has 23 beds and treated 453 infants last year.  More than 4,800 babies were born at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s last year, ranking the hospital as one of the largest providers of maternity services in Ohio.  Through this collaboration, Nationwide Children’s will lease and operate the NICU at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s as a satellite within Nationwide Children’s Hospital and patients will be cared for by neonatologists on staff at Nationwide Children’s.  Any baby in the NICU requiring the most intensive care such as open-heart surgery will be cared for at Nationwide Children’s main campus.

Under the collaborative agreement, Mount Carmel St. Ann’s and Nationwide Children’s will work together to integrate quality monitoring and performance improvement programs in their respective facilities. Quality benefits will extend to medical education programs, including continuing education, and enhanced training for pediatric residents.

This collaborative makes Nationwide Children’s one of the largest neonatal centers in the United States with 191 beds among its six locations around central Ohio. Nationwide Children’s has existing collaborative relationships with OhioHealth for the operation of its Newborn Intensive and Special Care Units, as well as a long-standing teaching and research affiliation with The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Department of Pediatrics.

Nationwide Children’s and Mount Carmel have a long-standing history of working together as members of several community collaboration efforts including telemedicine (providing the option of remote consultations with specialists on Nationwide Children’s main campus); the Columbus Fetal Medicine Collaborative (a collaborative formed among Mount Carmel Health System, OhioHealth, The Ohio State University Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital which provides optimal outcomes for high-risk expectant mothers and their babies with suspected fetal abnormalities); and Ohio Better Birth Outcomes (an initiative to reduce the incidence of prematurity in Franklin County).

Mount Carmel Health System
Founded in 1886, Mount Carmel Health System (MCHS) offers a broad range of healthcare services in the Central Ohio region.  MCHS includes four hospitals – Mount Carmel East, Mount Carmel West, Mount Carmel St. Ann’s, and Mount Carmel New Albany; numerous outpatient services; home care; palliative and hospice care; an ambulance and mobile intensive care unit service; a community outreach program for the poor and under-served; a college of nursing; and a Medicare Advantage health plan (MediGold).  MCHS has more than 8,500 associates; medical staffs of approximately 1,500 physicians; and more than 1,000 volunteers.  MCHS has received national recognition for its quality of care, and is a past recipient of the Catholic Health Association’s highest award – the “Achievement Citation.”  As a Mission-driven organization, MCHS provided more than $65 million in total uncompensated community benefits in FY 09, serving 229,000 individuals.  MCHS is a member of Trinity Health, the fourth-largest Catholic healthcare system in the United States (based on operating revenue).

Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 list of America’s Best Pediatric Hospitals, Nationwide Children’s Hospital is a collaborative environment that fosters forward thinking and innovation. Each year more than 4,400 babies receive the highest level of care from our neonatal specialists. As one of the largest neonatal centers in the nation, we dedicate ourselves not only to treating, but ultimately preventing all complications of prematurity. This extraordinary number of patients allows us to provide the highest level of experience and translate that experience into programs that address fetal diagnosis across the spectrum of newborn conditions to essential long-term follow-up care.

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-18 list of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of nearly 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.4 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. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.