Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Parkview Health announce pediatric specialty care affiliation

Cincinnati Children’s is the No. 2 ranked pediatric hospital in the nation by U.S. News & World Report

FORT WAYNE, IND. (Sept. 17, 2018)Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Parkview Health announced today they are collaborating to expand pediatric care in cardiology, gastroenterology (GI) and general surgery to families in the Fort Wayne region.

The collaboration will include innovative telehealth consultations that will allow a family and their Parkview physician to conduct a video conference with a specialty physician at Cincinnati Children’s, allowing physicians to work together on a child’s care plan. This approach brings advanced care to the patient, reducing or even eliminating the need for travel to receive care. For patients who require inpatient care at Cincinnati Children’s, a coordinated approach for referrals and local follow-up appointments will streamline care.

Additionally, Cincinnati Children’s will provide training to Parkview physicians and clinical teams and share best practices to improve patient outcomes. Examples include protocol sharing, access to education, case reviews and diagnostics. 

“This collaboration is centered around the patient and giving them access to a higher level of care,” said Tom Miller, MD, physician leader, Parkview Women’s & Children’s Hospital. “We are now able to provide specialty care alongside the nation’s No. 2 ranked children’s hospital. Creating convenient access to skilled physicians at Cincinnati Children’s who are leaders in their fields can make all the difference to a child battling illness. We’re excited to make that connection for our community.”

“Parkview Health and Cincinnati Children’s both share a deep commitment to changing the outcome for the children in the communities we serve,” said Pramod Reddy, MD, physician leader for clinical affiliations, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. “Together, through this collaboration, we will be able to help bring care close to home while being a trusted partner to serve those patients with complex care needs.”

“Cardiology, GI and general surgery were identified as top priorities for pediatric specialty care in northeast Indiana, so that is where we began,” Miller added. “We hope to expand our collaboration to additional specialties, programs and services in the future to meet the changing needs of patients in our region.”

Cincinnati Children’s and Parkview Health have been collaborating on pediatric trauma care for several years under the leadership of Richard Falcone, MD, director of trauma services, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. This new affiliation builds upon and broadens the relationship between the two health systems.

About Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center ranks second in the nation among all Honor Roll hospitals in U.S. News and World Report’s 2018-2019 Best Children’s Hospitals ranking. In addition, Cincinnati Children’s ranks first in the pediatric specialties of cancer and gastroenterology/GI surgery care, and among the top five pediatric hospitals in nine of 10 specialties. In fiscal year 2017, patients came to Cincinnati Children’s from all 50 states and 58 countries. Founded in 1883, Cincinnati Children’s vision is to be the leader in improving child health, through patient care, research and education.

About Parkview Health
Parkview Health is a not-for-profit, community-based health system serving a northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio population of more than 820,000. Parkview Health’s mission is to improve health and inspire well-being in the communities it serves, and with more than 11,000 employees, it serves as the region’s largest employer.

Parkview Health includes nine hospitals and an extensive network of primary care and specialty care physicians. The flagship Parkview Regional Medical Center campus includes services such as the Parkview Cancer Institute, Parkview Heart Institute, Samaritan flight and ground transport program, Parkview Ortho Hospital, a certified stroke center, verified adult and pediatric trauma centers, Women's & Children's Hospital and an outpatient services center. Parkview was recently named a 2018 Workplace of the Year by The Advisory Board Company and has been designated a Magnet® health system for nursing excellence.