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Seattle Children's Hospital to Manage Kadlec ICU for Critically Ill Newborns

May 30, 2007

Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle and Kadlec Medical Center in the Tri-Cities have announced a new partnership that will bring Kadlec’s highly regarded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) under the management and supervision of Children’s Hospital. Kadlec’s two NICU physicians, Anthony Hadeed, MD and Miriam Zaragoza, MD, will continue to work at Kadlec, but will do so now under the leadership of Children’s.

Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle and Kadlec Medical Center in the Tri-Cities have announced a new partnership that will bring Kadlec’s highly regarded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) under the management and supervision of Children’s Hospital. Kadlec’s two NICU physicians, Anthony Hadeed, MD and Miriam Zaragoza, MD, will continue to work at Kadlec, but will do so now under the leadership of Children’s.

Kadlec has already contracted with Children’s to oversee the Kadlec pediatric hospitalist service, which includes hospital based pediatricians solely focused on caring for hospitalized pediatric patients and well newborns.

Kadlec has been the regional referral site for NICU care for 25 years in the Tri-Cities and surrounding region serving 300-400 patients annually. “Joining together with Kadlec to collaborate on care for critically ill babies in this part of the northwest is great news for Children’s, and great news for families here,” said Sanford Melzer, MD, Children’s senior vice president for strategic planning and business development. “We look forward to supporting the Kadlec NICU and strengthening the relationship with the medical community in the Tri-Cities.”

“Seattle Children’s is the gold standard for specialized infant and pediatric care,” said Rand Wortman, president and CEO of Kadlec. “We believe this partnership is going to take our services to the next level.”

Wortman adds that the partnership provides patients of the Tri-Cities area the best of all worlds. “We will continue to have Dr. Hadeed and Dr. Zaragoza care for babies in our NICU. Plus, we add the support and expertise of Children’s.”

Dr. Hadeed has been at Kadlec since 1988 while Dr. Zaragoza came to Kadlec in 1992. They lead an experienced team of nurse practitioners, nurses and respiratory therapists meeting the health needs of critically ill babies from the Tri-Cities and surrounding region.

“We take great pride in serving the families of our community,” said Dr. Hadeed. “Adding the support and expertise of Children’s Hospital will help us make an even bigger difference in the care of sick babies.”

About Seattle Children’s

Consistently ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical referral center for the largest landmass of any children’s hospital in the country (Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). For more than 100 years, Seattle Children’s has been delivering superior patient care while advancing new treatments through pediatric research. Seattle Children’s serves as the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The hospital works in partnership with Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation. For more information, visit www.seattlechildrens.org or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

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