Golisano Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida, Ft. Myers, and Miami Childrens Hospital (MCH) have formed a new clinical affiliation aimed at optimizing care for severely sick or injured children in Southwest Florida. The organizations say the goal is to help keep children and their families as close to home as possible without compromising care quality.
The hospitals have developed a streamlined process so that children requiring advanced care at Miami Childrens are transported to Miami Childrens LifeFlight critical care transport team, which includes ground and air transport, staffed by pediatric critical care experts.
Both hospitals will follow many of the same protocols moving forward so tests are not replicated and children can return to Golisano Childrens Hospital once they are in stable condition.
Pediatric subspecialists at Golisano Childrens Hospital will also have access to MCH subspecialists, such as hematologist/oncologists, cardiologists and neurologists, for an advanced level of collaborative patient care. The childrens hospitals are working on incorporating telehealth into the subspecialty consultations and a new mobile robot has been purchased by Golisano Childrens Hospital to support telemedicine services in the future. Pediatric neurosurgeons from Miami Childrens Hospital have already joined the Golisano medical staff and a phone line has been established specifically to access the on-call neurosurgeon in Miami on a 24/7 basis.
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