Union Hos­pi­tal, A.I. duPont team up for new pe­di­atrics unit

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By BRI­ANNA SHEA

bshea@ce­cil­whig.com

— Af­ter nearly three years of work­ing to­gether to care for county chil­dren, Union Hos­pi­tal and Ne­mours/Al­fred I. duPont Hos­pi­tal for Chil­dren took the next step in their part­ner­ship on Tues­day with the open­ing of a new pe­di­atrics unit.

In a first-of-its-kind part­ner­ship, Ne­mours nurses and nurs­ing as­sis­tants will staff the Union Hos­pi­tal pe­di­atrics unit 24/7 to bring care closer to home for county res­i­dents and sur­round­ing ar­eas. As part of the part­ner­ship, 13 nurses and nurs­ing as­sis­tants from Union Hos­pi­tal went to Ne­mours and re­ceived ad­di­tional clin­i­cal train­ing that in­cluded work­ing at A.I. duPont Hos­pi­tal for Chil­dren in Wilm­ing­ton, Del. The col­lab­o­ra­tion was led by Ne­mours as­so­ci­ates Dr. Haytham Hamwi, chief of pe­di­atrics, and Lisa

ELK­TON

Jager, nurse man­ager for Ne­mours duPont Pe­di­atrics at Union Hos­pi­tal, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease.

The ex­panded part­ner­ship comes af­ter three years of Ne­mours’ physi­cians work­ing at Union’s pe­di­atrics units, con­sult­ing for chil­dren re­ceiv­ing treat­ment in the emer­gency room and pro­vid­ing new­born con­sul­ta­tions in the Ma­ter­nal & In­fant Cen­ter, the re­lease stated.

Jane Mer­i­cle, chief nurse ex­ec­u­tive and op­er­a­tional vice pres­i­dent at A.I. duPont, said in a pre­pared state­ment that fam­i­lies can ex­pect the “same level of nurs­ing ex­cel­lence wher­ever they re­ceive care,” whether it’s in the emer­gency depart­ment at A.I. duPont or at the pe­di­atrics unit at Union Hos­pi­tal.

“Union Hos­pi­tal of Ce­cil County is ex­cited about the op­por­tu­nity to part­ner with Ne­mours duPont to im­prove the level of pe­di­atric care and ex­pand our ser­vic- es port­fo­lio to pa­tients and fam­i­lies here in our com­mu­nity,” Katie Bos­ton-Leary, Union Hos­pi­tal chief nurs­ing of­fi­cer and se­nior vice pres­i­dent of Pa­tient Care Ser­vices, said in a pre­pared state­ment. “This land­mark col­lab­o­ra­tion is com­pre­hen­sive and marks the be­gin­ning of many other pos­si­bil­i­ties to pro­mote well­ness for chil­dren in Elk­ton and other sur­round­ing ar­eas.”

Af­ter the the rib­bon the new unit was cut on Tues­day morn­ing, Paige Kirtscher, of Elk­ton, said more lo­cal care is ben­e­fi­cial if some­thing were to hap­pen to her child.

“I’m just over­joyed, just be­cause I was very ner­vous be­cause I was a first-time mom,” Kirtscher said af­ter the event.

She said if any­thing were to hap­pen to her 10-mon­thold daugh­ter Arya Bar­ton and she needed to go to A.I. duPont, she would not have to travel very far and can stay lo­cal.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY BRI­ANNA SHEA

Of­fi­cials from Union Hos­pi­tal and Ne­mours/Al­fred l. duPont Hos­pi­tal for Chil­dren and a few fam­i­lies that uti­lize the pe­di­atrics cen­ter pose for a photo af­ter the rib­bon cut­ting on Tues­day.

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