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Floating Hospital and Lawrence General expand pediatric affiliation

06/18/2010

New Hospitalist Program to Benefit Pediatric Patients and Pediatricians

LAWRENCE , Mass. -- Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center will begin providing hospital-based pediatricians to Lawrence General Hospital’s 20-bed Pediatric Unit, the two hospitals have announced.  The presence of the pediatric hospitalists will ensure that a pediatric inpatient specialist is available at Lawrence General Hospital 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  The hospitals plan to launch the service, an expansion of existing services that Floating Hospital provides to Lawrence General, in the fall.

“As the CEO of Lawrence General Hospital, I am committed to bringing the highest level of care here to the Merrimack Valley.  As a former Pediatric nurse and as a mom, I know that having expert pediatric care close to home is vital.  We are fortunate to have outstanding pediatricians and nurses in our community, says Dianne Anderson, President and CEO of Lawrence General Hospital.

“Together with the Floating Hospital team, we will now be able to bring pediatric specialty care close to home.  Should a child need to be hospitalized, the Floating Hospital physicians will now be on site, here at Lawrence General Hospital, helping to care for them,” said Anderson. A hospitalist is a board-certified pediatrician who specializes in the care of children admitted to a hospital.  The pediatric hospitalist program will benefit children and parents in the Merrimack Valley by ensuring that a pediatrician is always available to hospitalized children. The Floating pediatric hospitalist will work in concert with a child’s pediatrician to coordinate hospital care and ensure a smooth transfer of care when children are released from the hospital.

“Community pediatricians are excited to welcome the new Pediatric Hospitalist Program to Lawrence General Hospital.  This program will improve quality of care to our hospitalized patients with twenty-four hour a day access to skilled pediatricians.  Our children will now benefit from the best of both worlds – the comfort and convenience of care so close to home and direct access to top-notch tertiary pediatric resources at Floating Hospital for Children,” said Kenneth Chan, MD of Andover Pediatrics.

Since 1997, neonatologists from Floating Hospital, experts in the care of newborns, have managed the Level II Special Care Nursery at Lawrence General, making life easier for their families.  Tufts Medical Center also operates a Maternal Fetal Medicine Program at the Lawrence General, offering genetic counseling and care for women whose pregnancies are determined to be at high risk.  Floating Hospital pediatric cardiologists staff a service for children with heart problems at Lawrence General.

“Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center is very pleased to support Lawrence General Hospital in its mission to provide pediatric care of the highest quality to children in their local communities.  Standing behind them are all the resources of our world-class medical center for our youngest, most vulnerable patients and their families,” said John Schreiber, MD, Chief Administrative Officer of Floating Hospital for Children.

Floating Hospital also provides pediatric hospitalist services at MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham, at Morton Hospital in Taunton, and at Lowell General Hospital.  The pediatric hospitalist program offered by Lawrence General and Floating Hospital rounds out the comprehensive services for women and children offered in the Merrimack Valley:  high-risk prenatal care, nursery care, emergency care, including a Pediatric After Hours Center, inpatient care and the full support of a renowned children’s medical center in Boston.

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About Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children

Tufts Medical Center is an exceptional, not-for-profit, 415-bed academic medical center that is home to both a full-service hospital for adults and Floating Hospital for Children. Conveniently located in downtown Boston, the Medical Center is the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. Floating Hospital for Children is the full-service children's hospital of Tufts Medical Center and the principal pediatric teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine. Tufts Medical Center is affiliated with the New England Quality Care Alliance, a network of more than 1,800 physicians throughout Eastern Massachusetts. For more information, please visit www.tuftsmedicalcenter.org.

Media Contact: 
Julie Jette
(617) 636-3265
jjette@tuftsmedicalcenter.org