UPMC Physician Perspectives Spring 2014 - page 3

ThroughUPMCHorizon’s close relationshipwithChildren’sHospital of Pittsburghof UPMC,
areaprimary carephysicians andpediatricians canoffer youngpatients close-to-home care
bypediatric specialists.
CHILDREN’SHOSPITAL
DELIVERSADVANCED
PEDIATRICCARE INTHE
SHENANGOVALLEY
Providingspecializedpediatriccarecanbeachallenge forphysicians
in some rural communities. But referringphysicians in the
ShenangoValleyareacan sendyoungsters to thenearby
Children’sHospital SpecialtyCareCenterHermitage for local
access toexpert care.
MarkO’Hern, executivedirector,AmbulatoryServicesand
BusinessDevelopment,Children’sHospital ofPittsburghofUPMC,
sayshighly traineddoctors fromChildren’sHospital travel to
thecenter daily to treat childrenneeding specializedoutpatient
services, includingdiagnosticevaluationsand follow-upcare.
“Weoffer access tomanyChildren’sHospital leadingpediatric
subspecialists,” saysMr.O’Hern. “Weknow it canbeahardship
for parents to regularly travel toPittsburgh, especially if their child
needs careonanongoingbasis.”
Advanced specialtypediatric services include:
Pediatriccardiology
General and thoracicsurgery
Endocrinology
Hematology
Childneurology
Gastroenterology
Pulmonarymedicine
DownSyndromeCenter
Nephrology
Thecenter is located in theWomancareCenter ofUPMCHorizon
inHermitage.
Easing theBurdenForFamilies
JonathanSpahr,MD, apediatricpulmonologist, saysheandother
specialistsenjoy seeingpatients in their homecommunity. “We’re
pleased tobring specialtycare to local families,”he says. “It’s far
easier onboth theparentsand thechild for us tocome to them.”
Dr. Spahr,who specializes in the treatment of chroniccough,
recurrent pneumonia, andasthma, saysmost pediatric respiratory
diseases canbemanagedsuccessfullyat thecenter. Lung function
testing, allergy testing, andasthmaeducationareamong the services
providedonsite.
EmergencyConsultsViaTelemedicine
Children’sHospital pediatric specialistsalsoareavailable for
bedsideconsultations inUPMCHorizon’sEmergencyDepartments
via telemedicine.
Usinghigh-speed, high-definition technology, physicians from
Children’scanexaminepatients remotely tohelpdetermine if
achildneeds tobe transferredor can remainatUPMCHorizon
for treatment. Telemedicineconsultsareavailable in theEmergency
Departmentsat bothUPMCHorizoncampuses inGreenvilleand
ShenangoValley.
Formore informationabout theChildren’sHospital SpecialtyCare
CenterHermitage, call 724-347-4596or toll-free 1-877-545-9361.
To learnmoreaboutChildren’s telemedicineprogram, visit
chp.edu/telemedicine.
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