Children's, Kadlec Announce Partnership

Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, Wash. and Seattle Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center today announced the formation of a new partnership focused on infant and pediatric inpatient care.

Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, Wash. and Seattle Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center today announced the formation of a new partnership focused on infant and pediatric inpatient care. The agreement will initially focus on Kadlec’s pediatric hospitalist program and ultimately incorporate other components of pediatric specialty services for infants and children needing hospital services.

Earlier this year, Kadlec started a pediatric hospitalist program, which includes three full-time hospital based pediatricians solely focused on caring for hospitalized pediatric patients and well newborns. These physicians practice only in the hospital and do not have separate office practices within the community.

Collaborating with Children’s assures that Kadlec nurses, doctors and other health care professionals have the ability to easily consult with their colleagues in Seattle. Sharing protocols and educational opportunities assures the finest, up-to-date pediatric practices are in place throughout Kadlec from the emergency department, to the nursery, to the dedicated pediatric unit, and across all of the clinical therapies.

“This is the next step Kadlec has taken to bring this community more specialized pediatric care”, said Rand Wortman, Kadlec President and Chief Executive Officer. “We already are the region’s referral hospital for neonatal intensive care. This partnership with Children’s will help take us to the next level all across our pediatric services.”

“We’re pleased to be partnering with Kadlec”, said Charles Cowan, MD, Clinical Director, Care Coordination Services, of Children’s Hospital. “The word regional is part of our name, part of our mission of service, and while we’ve already been a referral center for Kadlec, collaborating with them in this way will further enhance this relationship.”

Such enhancements between Kadlec and Children’s include:

  • Assisting Kadlec in developing clinical protocols, transport guidelines and quality initiatives.
  • Establish a Pediatric Quality Care committee to implement quality assurance and utilization review.
  • Assist with teaching and training of Kadlec pediatric hospitalists, nurses and other clinical staff.
  • Develop regular clinical and administrative teleconferences among Children’s affiliated hospitalist programs. Children’s currently has pediatric hospitalist programs at Providence Everett Medical Center and Evergreen Healthcare in Kirkland.
  • Develop integration and standardization between Children’s affiliated hospitalist programs within the northwest.

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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