A $100,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation will open opportunities for community hospitals in New Jersey to communicate via telemedicine with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia through a pilot program.
According to the announcement, the program is designed to test the applicability of consultation services in the community hospital setting for intensive care services, neonatal intensive care, inpatient pediatric care, consultation and in the emergency department.
CHOP already has community hospital partnerships with Shore Medical Center, Virtua Voorhees and Virtua Memorial Hospital, in Mount Laurel. They also staff the pediatric department at University Medical Center of Princeton.
Barry Rabner, president and CEO of University Medical Center of Princeton, said integrating specialized facilities like CHOP into the community hospital setting, whether through telemedicine or through staffing, is “the perfect model of care.”
“The idea that you can provide outstanding care to kids in community hospitals for many of their needs, and then when their needs exceed the ability of the community hospital … and when you have a relationship like we do with them, that transition from the community hospital to CHOP is even faster and safer and easier,” Rabner said.
“There can’t be a CHOP-like hospital in every community hospital in the country or region,” he added. “But this way, with taking advantage of their experience and focus, their state-of-the-art medical practice and having all that ought to be at a community hospital here, and the rest going down to their facility in Philly … gives people the best of everything you need.”