US-based healthcare providers Baptist Health South Florida and Nicklaus Children’s Health System have activated their collaboration for paediatric emergency care.

The latest move follows signing of an agreement by the two organisations to expand their collaboration for paediatric care, in September last year.

As part of the deal, they will work together for the betterment of the children and families of South Florida.

Baptist Health stated that the Nicklaus Children’s Pediatric Specialists (NCPS) physicians are now appointed to work at the 24-hour paediatric emergency departments at Baptist Health as well as at the Homestead Hospital from this week.

Meanwhile, the paediatric emergency physicians currently working at the Baptist Hospital and Homestead Hospital emergency departments are now employed by NCPS, which is the medical group practice of Nicklaus Children’s Health System.

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital vice-president and chief medical officer Marcos Mestre said: “We welcome the Baptist-based pediatric emergency physicians to our Nicklaus Children’s family.

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“We are pleased that they will continue to offer services to families who have come to know them at Baptist Hospital and Homestead Hospital emergency departments, while also engaging with the extensive array of pediatric subspecialists available on our medical staff to support children and families with continuing specialised care needs.”

Additionally, Baptist Health will extend an arrangement, which was in place since April last year, to transfer children who require inpatient admission to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital for paediatric care.

With 11 hospitals and over 23,000 employees, the organisation also provides other paediatric services such as neonatal intensive care (NICU), paediatric oncology services, outpatient paediatric general surgical and orthopaedic surgical care.