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Colloquium Accredits Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Monday, Aug 26, 2013

Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington

From left: Barbara Fasick, Cardiac Clinical Nurse Specialist; Marc Priest, ECMO Coordinator; Elissa Miller, MD, Palliative Care Chief; Shylah Haldeman, Transplant Coordinator; Christian Pizarro, MD, Nemours Cardiac Center Director; Reviewer David Driscoll, MD; Reviewer David Wayne; Sam Gidding, MD, Cardiology Chief; Anthony Joseph, MD, Colloquium; Eric Weis, Cardiac Center Administrator.

The Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium announced today that Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE, became the second Accredited Pediatric Heart Failure Institute in the nation following an in-depth onsite review.

“We pursued accreditation with the Colloquium as a way to independently assess the quality of our heart failure and related clinical programs,” said Sam Gidding, MD, Division Chief of Pediatric Cardiology. “The accreditation process both validated our sense of the quality of our program and gave us many new suggestions to improve our program. We anticipate working with other Colloquium pediatric centers to better standardize and improve heart failure care for children across the United States.”

Nemours is just the second pediatric hospital to earn the designation of Accredited Pediatric Heart Failure Institute and one of only five Colloquium charter member pediatric hospitals.

The reviewers, David Driscoll, MD (Mayo Clinic Children’s Center) and David Wayne (Temple University) assessed Nemours in four major domains: Community, Hospital, Clinician, and Science. Within each domain, Nemours completed various milestones required for accreditation. Within the Community Domain, Nemours was found to have an exceptional support group for children and families with heart failure as well as a proactive outreach program to educate EMS (Emergency Medical Services) personnel on how to care for these children in emergencies. Within the Hospital Domain, Nemours offered advanced heart failure care including ventricular assist devices and heart transplant.

“Within the Clinician Domain, Nemours leadership is ahead of the crowd in their organizational structure.” said David Wayne, lead reviewer. “Nemours functions as an authentic collaborative system with a common purpose, serving their patients. Nemours’ use of data for assessment, prediction, and improvement is also unusually strong. Washington leadership would do well to learn more about Nemours’ approach to childhood heart disease as our national healthcare model is being debated.”

Colloquium member hospitals are expected to contribute to the body of knowledge about childhood heart failure within the Science Domain. Nemours is deeply involved in research at the National Institute of Health (CARDIA Study) as well as other research venues. “We had the sense we were making great progress in pediatric heart failure including advanced care with ventricular assist devices and heart transplant,” said Christian Pizarro, MD, Chief of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery and Director, Nemours Cardiac Center. “The Colloquium’s approach to collaborative learning will help everyone organize and use existing knowledge more quickly and more effectively than in the past.”

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About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.