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For Immediate Release:
June 27, 2013

World Class pediatric care now serving the South Coast community

Boston Children’s physicians provide 24/7 pediatric services at St. Luke’s Hospital

Southcoast™ Health System is proud to offer world class pediatric care to residents in the South Coast region through a clinical collaboration with Boston Children’s Hospital — the pediatric hospital top ranked in the nation.

Boston Children’s physicians, working in collaboration with local physicians, now provide 24/7 onsite pediatric care at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford with consultation provided for pediatric patients in the ER at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River and Tobey Hospital in Wareham.

“The collaboration with Boston Children’s Hospital, one of the country’s top pediatric hospitals, brings state-of-the-art pediatric care to families throughout Southeastern Massachusetts,” said Keith A. Hovan, President & CEO of Southcoast Health System and Southcoast Hospitals Group. “This affiliation gives peace of mind to local families by providing local care staffed by some of the very best pediatric physicians in the United States.”

Boston Children’s top-ranked physicians offer round-the-clock in-house pediatric inpatient care in the newly renovated inpatient pediatric unit and are working with local emergency medicine providers in the newly customized pediatric area in the Emergency Department at St. Luke’s Hospital. These areas were designed to create a more private, comforting environment for children and their families.

“We are pleased that Southcoast selected Boston Children’s to help provide care to children and families across the South Coast region,” said Sandra Fenwick, President & COO of Boston Children’s Hospital. “This collaboration is an extension of Boston Children’s Community of Care where we work with community hospitals and physicians to provide high-quality community-based pediatric care closer to home in lower cost settings.”

Inpatient Care at St. Luke’s
The newly renovated, dedicated inpatient pediatric unit at St. Luke’s Hospital features 22 inpatient beds. The pediatric unit was designed with kids and families in mind: a family room, kid-friendly décor, family accommodations and an ample supply of toys and video games help make the unit a comfortable place for children and their families. Seamless care if provided between local providers and Boston Children’s physicians.

Emergency Services
When a child comes to the St. Luke’s emergency department, child- and family-centered resources are available to provide you with the best child centric care in the most efficient manner possible in collaboration with your local physician.

St. Luke’s now has a separate, dedicated and newly renovated waiting area and treatment space for children within the emergency department, so children can receive the special emergency care they need in a comforting and safe environment. Excellent emergency care for children continues to be available at Tobey Hospital in Wareham and Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, and the emergency physicians there are able to consult remotely with the Boston Children’s pediatricians at St. Luke’s at any time. If the decision is made to admit a pediatric emergency patient who can be safely cared for locally, he or she may be transferred to the pediatric inpatient unit at St. Luke’s.

Consultation Services
Through the collaboration, Boston Children’s physicians at St. Luke’s are not only able to provide on-site care, but are also able to consult with the network of Boston Children’s physicians and specialists.

For patients requiring transport to Boston, a patient’s radiology images and other clinical documents can be sent electronically to Boston Children’s to facilitate care coordination before, during and after transport. The collaboration also provides pediatric training and educational support programs for Southcoast physicians, nurses and ancillary departments.

The Team
Southcoast’s pediatric team is made up of a dedicated group of physicians, nurses and support staff with the single focus of caring for our patients.
The Boston Children’s physicians who make up the team at St. Luke’s have trained and worked at some of the top educational and medical institutions in the nation. They now bring their expertise and experience to the families of the South Coast. This team of physicians works closely with the family and local physicians to deliver the best care available.

The nurses who work for the program have a wealth of experience in caring for children, and all inpatient nurses have been certified in pediatric advanced life support.
Boston Children’s onsite Medical Director is Brian Sard MD, who is originally from the South Coast region and returned to follow his passion of bringing top care back to his hometown.
“It brings me much pride to be able to lead a program that brings top-quality care to my own community — for my neighbors,” said Dr. Sard. “We are dedicated to working with local primary care practices and the Southcoast emergency medicine physicians to deliver outstanding pediatric care and to reduce the need for patients to travel outside of the region for the care they require.”
Also returning to the region to lead the program is Athena Xifaras, MD, Boston Children’s onsite Associate Director of Pediatric services. Dr. Xifaras works closely with Dr. Sard to implement and monitor clinical quality standards that are consistent with Boston Children’s and other national guidelines to deliver the highest quality of care to the region. Dr. Xifaras currently serves as a member of the City of New Bedford’s Board of Health.
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Stephanie Poyant
Public Information Officer

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