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Friday, October 31, 2014

New pediatric inpatient unit coming to East Valley

mercygilbertPlans are in place for a new pediatric inpatient unit—set to open in October 2014—within Dignity Health’s Mercy Gilbert Medical Center.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Dignity Health in Arizona will partner to build the unit in an effort to enhance East Valley pediatric inpatient care. Renovations for the new unit will begin this month.

“The East Valley needs and deserves a leading provider of pediatric inpatient care,” says Robert L. Meyer, president and CEO of Phoenix Children’s. “The opening of this unit on the campus of Mercy Gilbert Medical Center is the next step in Phoenix Children’s alliance with Dignity Health and brings to the community a quality of pediatric inpatient clinical care that’s unmatched in the East Valley.”

The 22-bed unit will offer 24-hour pediatric coverage and will be staffed by Phoenix Children’s hospitalists for children requiring observation or inpatient care. Children with more complex conditions will have direct access to the resources provided at Phoenix Children’s main campus.

“This new pediatric unit will further complement the health care services Mercy Gilbert offers the East Valley,” said Tim Bricker, president and CEO of Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers. “The ability to have Phoenix Children’s advanced services much closer to home will allow us to provide access to a high level of care to the youngest patients in our community.”

The announcement of this new East Valley pediatric unit is the latest in a series of agreements between Phoenix Children’s and Dignity Health. In 2011, the organizations entered into a strategic alliance that transferred the majority of Dignity Health in Arizona’s pediatric services to Phoenix Children’s main campus.

Earlier this year, Phoenix Children’s Care Network—the state’s only pediatric-focused clinically integrated organization—affiliated with Arizona Care Network, a clinically integrated accountable care organization led by physicians and supported by Dignity Health in Arizona and Abrazo Health.

More than 2,000 physicians are represented through this affiliation, including 600 pediatricians and pediatric sub-specialists from across the Phoenix metropolitan area. Phoenix Children’s and Dignity Health say they hope that the partnership will strengthen each network’s ability to serve the public’s health care needs.

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Vicki Louk Balint

Multimedia journalist Vicki Louk Balint specializes in health and safety topics.

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