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Partnership Could Bring More Pediatric Health Care

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<font size="3"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">More medical care for children could soon be coming to the Valley. Monday, Community Medical Centers announced it’s teaming up with UCSF Fresno to expand pediatric services and training. This announcement actually comes on the heels of Valley Children’s Hospital decision to form their own pediatric residency program, ending their current one with UCSF Fresno.</span><p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Because of this, Community Regional Medical Center could become a hub for pediatric care. </span></p><p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&quot;This was a complete surprise to us,&quot; UCSF Fresno Interim Associate Dean Dr. Michael Peterson said. </span></p><p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">It was an unexpected announcement that prompted more news. </span></p><p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&quot;Increasing and enhancing pediatric services that would be available on Community Regional Medical Center’s campus,&quot; Dr. Peterson said. </span></p><p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">About two weeks ago, Valley Children’s Hospital announced they would be creating their own graduate program for pediatric residents and fellows, meaning they would be closing the door on their current training program, a nearly forty year partnership with UCSF Fresno.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&quot;We’re still in discussions with them about how that relationship will look in terms of whether UCSF residents will still have access to Valley Children’s Hospital for training opportunities,&quot; Dr. Peterson said. </span></p><p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">So UCSF turned to another partner, Community Medical Centers. </span></p><p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&quot;We’ve had a decade long relationship so this builds upon that relationship,&quot; CEO of Community Regional Medical Center Craig Wagoner said. </span></p><p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Who are now expanding their own role in educating UCSF residents, while also adding more pediatric services to their own hospital. </span></p><p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&quot;First and foremost is access to sub-specialty services,&quot; Dr. Peterson said. </span></p><p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Sub-specialties like pediatric cardiology and endocrinology, but that’s just the first phase. </span></p><p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&quot;We are working with UCSF on the long term and short term plans for what exactly we’ll be adding, and there will be more to come on this,&quot; Wagoner said. </span></p><p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Meaning more pediatric services and more access to healthcare for children, which is exactly what Peterson said we need.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&quot;We’re a very physician underserved area, in almost any area. That we want to look at, and so that patient access to specialists and sub-specialists continues to be a challenge, and we think that this will be one of the ways that we can help address that,&quot; Dr. Peterson said. </span></p><p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">CRMC says they hope to have the first phase of their plans in place by Summer of 2015. </span></p><p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">In response, Dr. Dr. David Christensen with Valley Childrens Hospital released the following statement:</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&quot;I was disappointed to learn late last week about UCSF Fresno’s decision to reject our offer to assume academic and financial responsibility of its pediatric residency program. With the cooperation of UCSF Fresno, we would have been able to provide the most seamless transition for residents currently in the program and ensure continued collaboration on graduate medical education. </span></p><p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">As the Valley’s only hospital dedicated to taking care of kids, we take seriously our responsibility to lead the training of the next generation of pediatricians and specialists. Therefore, we will now go forward with our own plans for pediatric residency and fellowship training based at Valley Children’s Hospital. </span></p><p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">We assure all the families we serve that this decision will not impact the day-to-day quality of care and breadth of services we offer at Valley Children’s. For more than 60 years, we have remained focused on providing the highest quality and most comprehensive care to children from Bakersfield to Modesto, and we will continue to do so.&quot;</span></p></font><p><br/></p></div>

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