Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH), a 289-bed hospital located in South Florida, and Jupiter Medical Center (JMC), a not-for-profit 283-bed regional medical centre, have joined forces to make Miami Children’s Hospital the paediatric partner for JMC.
The collaboration is aimed at enhancing patient access to world-class paediatric care, and will take shape in two phases over the next two years.
In the first phase, which will be implemented over the next six months, MCH will assist JMC to implement telehealth technology in its emergency department.
This technology will allow a patient at JMC to be examined and viewed on a computer screen by a physician in MCH, giving them the ability to review images, lab results, and capture vital assessment information in real time.
Later on, MCH physicians will work on a rotation basis in JMC’s emergency room.
Miami Children’s Hospital president and CEO Dr M Narendra Kini said the hospital is pleased to be partnering with Jupiter Medical Center.
"This new affiliation with Jupiter Medical Center – a leader in adult healthcare quality and service excellence – builds on the vision of the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation to expand access for children and families in need of specialised care and assessment," Dr Kini added.
The organisations will combine their children’s therapy programmes at the MCH Nicklaus Outpatient Center in Legacy Place on PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens.
The organisations will also partner on paediatric imaging services, as well as outpatient surgical procedures in ENT and urology.
The second phase will focus on implementing a Level 2 NICU and an inpatient paediatric wing at JMC.
Jupiter Medical Center president and CEO John Couris said that the two organisations are very similar, with similar cultures, values and beliefs, and a similar dedication to provide world-class quality and excellent patient care.
"Together, through our partnership with Miami Children’s Hospital, we can bridge the gap from world-class adult healthcare, to world-class pediatric healthcare, where our entire community benefits," Couris added.
JMC operates 163 private acute care hospital beds and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation and hospice beds. It provides a broad range of services with speciality concentrations in oncology, imaging, orthopaedics and spine, digestive health, emergency services, lung and thoracic, women’s health, weight management and men’s health.
Miami Children’s Hospital, which comprises more than 650 attending physicians and more than 130 paediatric sub-specialists, has also been designated as an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility.
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