Yesterday, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh announced the expansion of pediatric emergency care services in north central Pennsylvania.
Providers caring for pediatric patients in the emergency departments at UPMC’s hospitals in the region, including UPMC Cole, UPMC Lock Haven, UPMC Muncy, UPMC Wellsboro and UPMC Williamsport, can now consult with a board-certified UPMC Children’s pediatric emergency medicine physician via telemedicine.
The specialized emergency department-to-emergency department consultations are available 24/7, ensuring children in the region have access to specialty care when they need it.
“This collaborative approach allows our regional experts to provide a higher level of care right here in our communities, improving the patient experience and reducing the burden of travel,” said Dr. Michael Gerst, chief medical officer, Emergency Services, UPMC in north central Pennsylvania. “It helps us address the specialty care needs of the rural communities we serve by tapping into the technology and resources available to us as part of the UPMC family.”
This is the first UPMC Children’s specialty service offered in the region. Local staff in each emergency department are working closely with UPMC Children’s to align policies and practices to ensure each child and family receives top-quality care.
“UPMC Children’s is proud to provide specialized emergency care to children, teens and young adults close to their homes in north central Pennsylvania,” said Mark Sevco, president, UPMC Children’s. “Whether it be visiting the emergency department for a broken bone or an allergic reaction, we have the ability to provide patients at these locations with specialized care, by the right provider, in the right place, at the right time.”