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Nemours, South Jersey Healthcare Announce Partnership

Partnership Brings Advanced Pediatric Care to South Jersey

Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011

New Jersey

Vineland, NJ — Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is pleased to announce their partnership with South Jersey Healthcare to expand access to high quality pediatric specialty care throughout South Jersey. As part of this new relationship Nemours Pediatric Partners at South Jersey Healthcare (SJH) will provide around-the-clock neonatal, pediatric, and emergency care for children at SJH Regional Medical Center requiring specialized care.

Access to Nemours physicians and advanced, child-friendly outpatient specialty care will continue to be made available at Nemours Children’s Clinics in Voorhees, NJ; Egg Harbor Township, NJ; Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE. In addition, Nemours Children’s Clinic offers outpatient cardiology clinic sessions in Vineland, NJ. This partnership is supported by Nemours’ use of a fully integrated electronic health record (EHR) system that enables full access to patient data, regardless of where they are treated within the Nemours system.

"At Nemours, we've made a promise to do whatever it takes to help children grow up healthy and reach their full potential,” stated Kevin B. Churchwell, MD, chief executive officer of the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and Nemours Senior Vice President. “Establishing Nemours Pediatric Partners at South Jersey Healthcare helps us achieve this promise by bringing neonatology and pediatric hospitalist services to children and families in their own community and making the duPont Hospital for Children’s advanced pediatric care resources available when needed.”

“Nemours and South Jersey Healthcare are perfect together,” said Chet Kaletkowski, SJH President and CEO. “Nemours brings wonderful clinical expertise and the backing of a nationally recognized pediatric hospital to our community, while SJH brings a state-of-the-art level IIIa neonatal unit. This is a win-win for our organizations, and the community.”

Dr. Muhammad Anwar will serve as Chief of Neonatology for Nemours Pediatric Partners at South Jersey Healthcare, overseeing a team of five neonatologists. Dr. Anwar is a diplomate of the American Board of Neonatology and the American Board of Pediatrics and has been practicing pediatric medicine in South Jersey for more than a decade. Under Dr. Anwar’s leadership, the team will provide expert critical care for children requiring more intensive specialized treatments. U.S. News & World Report ranked Nemours among the best in the nation in neonatology for 2011-2012.

South Jersey Healthcare recently began construction on a Level IIIa Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Regional Medical Center (RMC) in Vineland. This $6 million, 14,800 square-foot expansion and renovation of the nursery will bring advanced care for premature, low birth-weight and critically ill infants to the region. Currently, the nursery at the RMC is classified at Level II, and can provide care for premature infants born at 32 weeks. With advancement to a Level IIIa NICU, SJH will be able to care for infants as young as 28 weeks.

Dr. Larry Herrera will serve as Chief of Pediatric Hospitalists for Nemours Pediatric Partners at South Jersey Healthcare, overseeing a team of five pediatric hospitalists. Dr. Herrera is a board-certified pediatrician and most recently practiced as a Nemours pediatric hospitalist in Atlantic City, NJ. Nemours pediatric hospitalists will provide 24/7 consultation and evaluation services to trauma and emergency room physicians as well as community pediatricians to ensure a seamless transition upon hospital discharge.

For more information regarding Nemours Pediatric Partners at South Jersey Healthcare, call 800-770-7547.

About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, along with major pediatric specialty clinics in Delaware, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

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