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The thousands of Central Florida families who receive care at five different After Hours Pediatrics Urgent Care centers will now be directly connected to Nemours, one of the nation’s leading pediatric health systems. The centers located in Altamonte Springs, Dr. Phillips, Hunter’s Creek, Sanford and Waterford Lakes will now be known as Nemours Children’s Urgent Care. Nemours purchased the centers from After Hours Pediatrics, Inc., based in Tampa on March 1, 2014.
“Nemours understands that families need to access care when they need it, which includes evenings, weekends and holidays. With Nemours Children’s Urgent Care, we can offer that important service to parents and children all over Central Florida,” says Bill Winder, director of physician and patient operations for Nemours Children’s Hospital. “These pediatric urgent care centers are well-run and have proided very good care for years. Nemours will use its expertise in caring for kids to build on their record of success.”
Nearly 200,000 Central Florida families will now be within five miles of a Nemours Children’s Urgent Care Center.
The board-certified pediatricians who currently provide care at the centers will join Nemours. Prices are not set to increase and the convenient hours of service will also remain the same.
Nemours Children’s Urgent Care will continue to provide children the treatment they need for flu, broken bones, cuts, burns and sports injuries during evenings, weekends and holidays. Nemours will also add to each center its award-winning electronic health record system. As a result, when doctors at Nemours Children’s Urgent Care enter information, the team at Nemours Children’s Hospital can immediately see every detail, should the child be sent to the hospital.
“Nemours will be able to connect and coordinate every aspect of a child’s care through this shared electronic health record,” said Winder. “This means less chance of a duplicated test. We think this sort of integration leads to the safest and most cost effective care for children.”
Nemours will also offer a new approach when a child receives an X-ray. The scan will be read by an urgent care physician and, within 24 hours, it will also be reviewed by a board-certified pediatric radiologist at Nemours Children’s Hospital.
“This new approach to X-rays brings Nemours’ expertise in caring for children much closer where 200,000 Central Florida Children live,” said Winder.
Nemours has a track record of success when it comes to electronic health records. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics awarded Nemours Children’s Hospital its highest possible honor for best practices in implementing electronic health records. Nemours is the first pediatric hospital in Florida to attain this designation.