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Niswonger Children's Hospital to partner with Ohio facility

Staff Report • Dec 7, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Johnson City's Niswonger Children’s Hospital officials announced today a new affiliation with an Ohio-based facility touted as one of the nation's top children's hospitals.

The affiliation with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center will give patients at Niswonger access to specialized services.

“This affiliation will not only help us improve the care we can offer at Niswonger Children’s Hospital, but it will also allow us to keep more children close to home for their care,” Steven Godbold, vice president and CEO of Niswonger Children’s Hospital, said in a news release. “We’re excited to be able to tap into the clinical expertise of such a world-renowned organization to benefit children and families right here at home.”

According to the news release, Cincinnati Children’s will provide the following specific services to Niswonger, which is part of Mountain States Health Alliance's Johnson City Medical Center campus:

— Create and manage, in collaboration with faculty from East Tennessee State University’s James H. Quillen College of Medicine, a dedicated onsite hospitalist program. A hospitalist is a physician who specializes in the care of hospitalized patients. The program will, for the first time, devote dedicated resources to this specialty.  The program will also include a focus on quality improvement, standardization of best practices, patient safety, and driving down costs.

— Electronic interpretation of electroencephalograms (Tele-EEGs) by pediatric neurophysiologists to diagnose epilepsy and other neurological disorders.

Niswonger’s new hospitalist program will work closely with all clinical faculty from the ETSU Department of Pediatrics and the Quillen College of Medicine.

“We look forward to working alongside our colleagues from Cincinnati Children’s to create a superior hospitalist program for our region and an enhanced teaching site for ETSU medical students and resident physicians,” said Dr. Philip Bagnell, dean of the ETSU James H. Quillen College of Medicine.

“We are looking forward to working with our colleagues at Niswonger Children’s to enhance existing health care capabilities and address specific unmet needs for patients and families in the region,” said Dr. Arnold W. Strauss, director of the Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation.

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