Renown Regional Medical Center Announces Membership in National Children's Hospital Organization|
RENO, Nev. (Feb. 24, 2009) – Renown Health is proud to announce its acceptance for supporting member status in the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI). Renown Children’s Hospital becomes the first in Nevada and one of 217 institutions in the nation to belong to the nonprofit association, a collective voice for health systems devoted to the well-being of America's 70 million children and their families.
With this announcement, Renown Health introduces a new Children’s Hospital logo as the umbrella brand for its pediatric services. Renown Children’s Hospital will be developed under a “hospital within a hospital” concept, and will include existing programs and services as well as new program and service development in the coming months and years.
"We welcome Renown Children’s Hospital to the family of care givers devoted to improving the health of children, and we look forward to its active involvement," said NACHRI President and CEO Lawrence A. McAndrews. "Because of their focus on children, institutions like Renown Children’s Hospital are able to identify emerging trends and problems associated with the health of children."
Although the pediatric services at Renown have a new name, the focus remains the same – to optimize every patient’s healthcare experience. Highlights for the Renown Children’s Hospital services already available to the community include:
· The region’s only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for clinically ill and injured children. Nearly 350 sick and injured children are cared for each year.
· The region’s only Pediatric Specialty Care, recruiting highly-trained physicians to the community and allowing children to receive specialized care for serious illnesses right here at home. Services offered currently include pediatric specialist in pulmonary conditions, cancer, and blood diseases.
· A Pediatric Inpatient hospital unit featuring 29 beds and a therapeutic playroom along with art and pet therapy programs for children.
· The region’s only Child Life Program, which provides Certified Child Life Specialists to help children and their families with their emotional and coping needs during hospitalization.
· The first hospital in the United States to launch a pertussis (Tdap) program. Known as the Cocooning Project, it is gaining popularity as health departments and hospitals from throughout the nation are inquiring about developing their own programs.
“The health and wellbeing of children is paramount to the health of our community,” said Ron Laxton, Renown Regional Medical Center chief executive officer. “Children are much more than just smaller versions of adults, and their medical needs are just as unique. Our hope is to continue development of the Renown Children’s Hospital to meet the community’s ever-growing need.”
Other services under the Renown Children’s Hospital umbrella include the Lili Claire Family Resource Center and the William N. Pennington Nursery. Renown Regional Medical Center is also the only hospital in northern Nevada associated with the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN). This national organization dedicated to saving and improving lives of children, generates funds, awareness programs and health education programs.
“Renown Regional experienced 27,692 pediatric visits in FY08 and this number continues to grow,” said Laxton. “Looking forward, the Renown Children’s Hospital plans to identify the most significant healthcare needs for children and develop programs accordingly. We will definitely look for the community’s help and support to continue development of our children’s hospital. We are just now beginning our fundraising on several important new children’s projects.“
The National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) founded in 1968, is a not-for-profit, membership organization of more than 215 children’s hospitals. NACHRI promotes the health and well-being of all children and their families through support of children’s hospitals and health systems that are committed to excellence in providing health care to children. NACHRI works to ensure all children’s access to health care and the continuing ability of children’s hospitals to provide services needed by children. Children’s hospitals work to ensure the health of all children through clinical care, research, training and advocacy.
For more information on NACHRI, N.A.C.H. and the mission of children’s hospitals, visit About Children’s Hospitals.