UMCP Partnership with CHOP

Jul 1, 2009

Relationship Enhances Pediatric Services

PRINCETON, NJ (July 1, 2009) - University Medical Center at Princeton (UMCP) begins a partnership today with The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) under which CHOP physicians provide care to children and newborns at PHCS.

The partnership enhances pediatric services at all levels with CHOP doctors providing care for children and adolescents in the Pediatric Unit and Well Baby Nursery and consultation for pediatric patients in the Emergency Department. Neonatologists will provide care for newborns in the Level II Special Care Nursery.

The agreement also makes UMCP one of just a few hospitals in the region to provide pediatric hospitalist services. Pediatric hospitalists are pediatricians who work primarily in hospitals. They provide care for children and work closely with a child's regular pediatrician and other physicians and members of the child's health care team.

The CHOP pediatric hospitalist will work with community pediatricians in caring for babies, children and adolescents in the hospital. Pediatricians will now have the option of caring for their own patients at UMCP or transferring care to the hospitalist.
In addition to the hospitalist, CHOP will provide board certified neonatologists to provide care in the Special Care Nursery and attend high-risk deliveries as requested.

PHCS physicians and staff will also have access to CHOP educational services, programs and resources, as well as the educational programs offered by UMCP.

The new, CHOP-affiliated Pediatric Unit is to be known as CHOP Pediatric Care at UMCP, and the enhanced nursery services called CHOP Newborn Care at UMCP.

"CHOP Pediatric and Newborn Care at UMCP is a very exciting development for us and the children and families we serve," said Barry S. Rabner, President and CEO, Princeton HealthCare System.

CHOP is one of the world's leading pediatric hospitals and research facilities in the world and was rated best in the nation by Parents magazine. CHOP is also No. 1 in more specialties than any other hospital in U.S. News & World Report's rankings of America's Best Children's Hospitals, 2009.

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Pictured at University Medical Center at Princeton (UMCP) are, from left to right, Alicia Brennan, MD, medical director of UMCP's new Pediatric Hospitalist Service; Princeton resident Nadia Zakamska and her infant daughter, Natalie, who was recently delivered at UMCP; Princeton HealthCare System President and CEO Barry Rabner; Brigitte Mihalyfi, MD, a board certified neonatologist on the PHCS medical staff; and Louis J. Tesoro, MD, chairman the Department of Pediatrics, Princeton HealthCare System