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Saint Francis Families Now Have Video Access to Nemours Pediatric Specialists

Wednesday, Nov 18, 2015

Delaware Valley

Doctors who specialize in treating pediatric medical conditions are now just a click away from families being cared for at Saint Francis Healthcare. Through a service called Nemours CareConnect, specialists at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children are able to remotely assess patients through an iPad using a secure video connection.

"When our specialists have the opportunity to put their eyes on a patient, it provides an added level of communication that you just cannot get over the phone," said Nick Slamon, MD, medical director of telehealth, Nemours Delaware. "CareConnect allows care teams to better determine the safest and most necessary care for the child and family."

Should a child need to be transported to Nemours, CareConnect allows the transport team to better prepare for the unique needs of that child during the process, such as identifying proper fluids and medications. "Transporting a critically-ill child requires very careful planning. CareConnect enhances that planning process and improves safety for the child," said Slamon.

Conversely, CareConnect can also help keep care local and provide significant cost savings. "CareConnect can be that ‘real-time’ second opinion, reassuring a care team at the partner hospital that the child is stable and can remain at their local hospital, which removes an extra facility fee and additional tests," Slamon said.

Saint Francis Healthcare and duPont Hospital for Children first began working together in July of 2012, with Nemours pediatric hospitalists and neonatologists providing coverage for labor & delivery, the well nursery, and the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). This coverage allows more children to be cared for at the hospital closest to their home.

"CareConnect is an exciting new chapter in the future of health care for our community and its youngest residents," said Scott Dixon, DO, medical director, Saint Francis Healthcare Emergency Department. "Having Nemours specialists available for patients within our community is an invaluable resource in the event of a childhood illness or medical emergency."

About Saint Francis Healthcare

Saint Francis Healthcare, a part of Trinity Health, operates Delaware’s only Catholic hospital serving Wilmington and Northern New Castle County since 1924. Services provided include Partners in CardioVascular Health and Cardiovascular Services , 24-hour Emergency Services, Ambulance Service, Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, the da Vinci™ Surgical System, Gastroenterology Services, Hematology-Oncology Services, Minimally Invasive Surgery Center, Advanced Wound Center, Imaging Services, Sleep/Neurodiagnostics Center, Home Care, Outpatient Physical Therapy, Comprehensive Women’s Health Services and three community outreach programs. Saint Francis Healthcare is affiliated with the Saint Francis Foundation and Saint Francis LIFE (Living Independently for Elders), a PACE (Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) model.

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.