Friday, October 07, 2011
UHealth - University of Miami Health System to Enhance Broward Health’s Pediatric Services
Broward Health today announced an affiliation agreement between Chris Evert Children’s Hospital and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and UHealth Pediatrics, the child health component of UHealth - University of Miami Health System, which will bring a new dimension in pediatric care provided in Broward County. The affiliation agreement was approved by the North Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners at their monthly meeting.
The first phase will establish a pediatric gastroenterology program. Pediatric gastroenterologists from UHealth Pediatrics have begun treating pediatric patients at Broward Health Weston’s medical offices and outpatient facility. The number of UHealth pediatric specialists based at Broward Health will continue to grow to include other areas of specialization at Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, which currently provides neonatal and pediatric intensive care, a dedicated hematology/oncology program, and physicians and surgeons in more than 40 areas of specialization.
The affiliation will create opportunities to develop centers of excellence in several clinical service areas.
Dr. Patricia Rowe-King, Chief of Pediatrics at Broward Health Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, says the affiliation gives CECH an opportunity to tap into highly-trained, credentialed specialists who can augment current services.
"The pediatric medical staff unanimously supports this affiliation,” she said. “There are so many benefits. It allows us to treat more children right here in our community. We will be able to share cases and ideas with colleagues from an academic institution. It expands our entire spectrum of care.”
Dr. Steven E. Lipshultz, Professor and Chair of Pediatrics and Executive Associate Dean for Child Health at the Miller School, hails the decision as “a win-win situation. This affiliation further helps to regionalize children’s healthcare in South Florida. We will be better able to provide seamless high quality healthcare to children in their own community. This will also give parents access to internationally recognized cutting-edge subspecialty care for their children.”
The University of Miami Health System is South Florida’s only comprehensive network of university-based patient care facilities. It is the patient care brand of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, founded in 1952 as Florida’s first medical school. It has grown to include three university-owned hospitals, and more than 30 outpatient facilities. Serving more than five million people as the only academic medical center in South Florida, the Miller School of Medicine has earned international acclaim for its patient care and research innovations. Of the child healthcare providers at UHealth, 154 are on the “Best Doctors in America” list for 2011, representing the top 3-5 percent of doctors in America. For more information, go to UHealthSystem.com.
Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information, visit BrowardHealth.org.
Patients, physicians and staff members celebrate the announcement of the affiliation agreement between Chris Evert Children’s Hospital and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and UHealth Pediatrics, the child health component of UHealth - University of Miami Health System.