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