The MetroHealth System and Akron Children’s Hospital have signed an affiliation agreement which will allow MetroHealth patients to have access to Akron Children’s pediatric specialists.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2011, Akron Children’s will provide specialty care at the MetroHealth main campus in the areas of pediatric cardiology, gastroenterology, cancer and blood disorders and critical care.
These services will complement MetroHealth’s pediatric specialists in neonatology, nephrology, pulmonology, rheumatology, adolescent medicine, infectious disease, genetics, endocrinology, neurology, neurosurgery, dermatology, trauma, burn care, and behavioral medicine.
Margaret Stager, MD, chair of the department of Pediatrics at MetroHealth, said the affiliation is a good example of hospital systems reaching out to share resources and offer the best care to their patients.
“We are impressed by how fully Akron Children’s is integrated into the region, how well it has partnered with other hospitals, and its growth, having added 77 individuals to its medical staff in 2009,” said Dr. Stager.
Norm Christopher, MD, chair of the department of Pediatrics at Akron Children’s, said Akron Children’s is excited about the benefits of the collaboration for both hospitals.
“We welcome the opportunity to bring the expertise of our pediatric specialists to MetroHealth,” said Dr. Christopher. “Our doctors are looking forward to working with the pediatric team at MetroHealth and we know from experience that this type of collaboration is a win-win for everyone.”
Akron Children’s has affiliations and partnerships with Akron General Medical Center and Summa Health System in Akron, Fisher-Titus Hospital in Norwalk, TriPoint Medical Center in Lake County, Aultman Hospital in Canton, St. Elizabeth Health System in Youngstown, Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna, and MedCentral Health System in Mansfield.
The MetroHealth affiliation will be Akron Children’s fourth location in Cuyahoga County. The hospital system has pediatric primary care offices in Brecksville and Solon, as well as pediatric specialists in cardiology and kidney care at an office in Beachwood.
The MetroHealth System is a comprehensive academic health care system which serves as the safety net public hospital for Northeast Ohio. MetroHealth has a nationally-renowned Level I trauma and burn center and an acclaimed critical-care transport program – Metro Life Flight. MetroHealth’s network of community health centers incorporates a patient-centered medical home team care approach to optimize patient outcomes through chronic disease management. MetroHealth is in the top 4% of hospitals in the U.S. to achieve Magnet® recognition for a second time. Magnet® is the nation’s highest honor for nursing excellence. Founded in 1837, MetroHealth has been a major affiliate of Case Western Reserve University since 1914 and all MetroHealth active physician staff hold faculty appointments at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Each year, MetroHealth provides nearly one million inpatient and outpatient visits – with overall revenue of $700 million. MetroHealth is one of Cleveland's largest employers with more than 6,100 employees. For more information on The MetroHealth System, visit www.metrohealth.org.
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