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Osceola Regional Medical Center and Nemours Expand Specialty Care

In Osceola and South Orange Counties

Tuesday, Jan 5, 2016


Under a new agreement with Osceola Regional Medical Center, Nemours Children’s Health System now provides hospital-based pediatric physicians who specialize in treating acutely ill infants, children and adolescents.

The affiliation expands Osceola Regional’s existing team of pediatric ER physicians, neonatologists and local pediatricians. Doctors from Nemours now provide on-site care at Osceola Regional’s pediatrics unit, which consists of 13 private rooms. In addition, when Osceola Regional completes construction on its $7 million, 6-room pediatric intensive care unit in the summer of 2016, Nemours will staff the unit with pediatric intensivists and neonatologists.

The Nemours physicians work closely with primary care providers and other pediatric specialists at Osceola Regional, including those in the hospital’s pediatric emergency department.

"Collaborating with a trusted partner such as Nemours allows Osceola Regional to enhance our service to pediatric patients and their families," said Bob Krieger, CEO of Osceola Regional Medical Center. "Our pediatric team strongly supports this effort to address the needs of our growing community and reduce patient transfers, keeping children closer to home during their treatment and recovery."

The agreement also includes Nemours CareConnect a technological link that remotely brings some of the rare pediatric specialists from Nemours into Osceola Regional Medical Center. It allows the specialists to visually assess a patient in Kissimmee through an iPad.

"When our physicians have the opportunity to put their eyes on a patient, it will provide an added level of communication that you just cannot get over the phone," said Robert Bridges, chief executive of Florida Operations for the Nemours Children’s Health System. "We think Nemours CareConnect allows care teams to better determine the safest and most necessary care for the child and family."

About Osceola Regional Medical Center

Osceola Regional Medical Center is a state-of-the-art 318-bed hospital and a designated Trauma Center Level II Provisional Status. The hospital offers a comprehensive array of services such as a Behavioral Health Center, Heart and Vascular Institute, Orthopedic and Spine Center and Emergency services with Pediatric ER, Chest Pain Center with PCI, Advanced Primary Stroke Center and free-standing Hunter’s Creek ER. Osceola Regional continues to grow with the community, announcing an upcoming Pediatric ICU and expansion of its existing Pediatric Inpatient Unit and Neonatal ICU Level II. In addition, Women’s Services include the Baby Suites labor/delivery unit, the Osceola Imaging and Breast Center and innovative options as Robotic Surgery. The Heart and Vascular Institute provides the latest technology in diagnostic and treatment options as cryoablation for arrhythmias and minimally invasive cardiac and vascular surgery to include TAVR, a minimally invasive surgical approach to repair a heart valve due to aortic stenosis. Osceola Regional also offers outpatient services as the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center, Kissimmee Physical Therapy Center and the Kissimmee Surgery Center.

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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.