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HSHS St. Elizabeth’s to partner with Cardinal Glennon for emergency pediatric coverage


BELLEVILLE – SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital is bringing pediatric care to HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital under an affiliation agreement announced Tuesday.

Beginning July 18, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Emergency Pediatric Care will be available 24/7 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital’s emergency department in Belleville. In addition, pediatricians will also provide newborn nursery coverage in the Mother Child Center.

“I am thrilled to bring some of the best pediatric specialists in the St. Louis metro-area to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. It is stressful and scary when a child is ill or has an accident, so knowing SSM Health Cardinal Glennon’s high-level of care is available so close to home should put worried minds at ease,” says Peg Sebastian, president and chief executive officer of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. “Our emergency team members provide excellent care but caring for children often takes additional specialization in training, equipment and other resources. This partnership is another way to ensure the highest quality of care is delivered to our patients.”

The specially trained and board certified physicians will be on-site every day, all day. Pediatric emergency physicians serve patients from infants to teens that may have an acute illness or injury needing immediate attention.

“We appreciate the collaborative approach offered by a partnership such as this with St. Elizabeth’s,” notes Steven Burghart, president, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. “We consider ourselves partners in delivering the highest outcomes for patients. In addition, our shared Catholic mission of providing quality health-care services to everyone is another reason this partnership makes sense.”

Special rooms in the emergency department are already equipped with child appropriate equipment since St. Elizabeth’s had already received Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics certification in 2014 and was recently re-certified in May 2016. This verifies pediatric protocols are already in place.

The planning for this partnership incorporates more than just the emergency room staff and the physicians.

Teams from respiratory and radiology have also been working on the project to make sure all child-related care, equipment, and other processes are in place and ready for patients.

Future plans for the program include utilizing telemedicine robots to allow SSM Health Cardinal Glennon physicians at St. Elizabeth’s to portal in to sister facilities of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospitals in Breese and Highland, UrgiCare, and other smaller community hospitals to consult on pediatric cases.

Among SSM Health Cardinal Glennon pediatricians are: Dr. Qamar Zaman, Dr. Paul Grim, III, Dr. Amy Thomas, Dr. Nancy Bauer, Dr. Michael Schildz, Dr. Christopher Wangard and Dr. Timothy Staed.

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— From the Illinois Business Journal


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