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Clinical integration of pediatric services at Mercy Health

Development of a regional integrated system for pediatrics services by Mercy Health (Chesterfield, MO), a multi-institutional system operating facilities in Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, is described in this article.  Mercy Children’s Hospital, with inpatient care locations in St. Louis and Springfield, MO, is working with the large multi-specialty Mercy Clinic to create this integrated network.  Among the goals are strengthening the physician referral network and coordinating the delivery of pediatric care.  Initiatives include the establishment of a telemedicine network, and of a POINT (Pediatric Outpatient and Inpatient Navigation Team), composed of a nurse practitioner, RN, and social worker, which is tasked with care coordination for NICU patients and other children with complex issues.

Source: Mercy adapts services to region’s needsHealth Progress;92(3):21-23, May-June 2011.  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org