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Billings Clinic and Children's Hospital Colorado Form Care Alliance

AURORA, Colo. and BILLINGS, Mont., Feb. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Billings Clinic, Montana's leader in pediatric specialty care, and Children's Hospital Colorado (Children's Colorado), one of the nation's top 10 children's hospitals, today announced they have formed a care alliance to provide children and their families with the highest level of coordinated medical care as close to home as possible. This alliance streamlines the coordination of care between the two organizations to ensure the right care at the right time at the right location.

"We have a long standing partnership with Children's Hospital Colorado given their impeccable reputation for innovation, research, and compassionate sub-specialty pediatric care," said Dr. Michelle Pierson, Chair of Pediatrics at Billings Clinic. "The care alliance gives us the opportunity to strengthen that partnership with one of the leading quaternary hospitals in the country and tap into their expertise at a higher level, giving our pediatricians and pediatric specialists new tools to provide care for children and adolescents with complex conditions right here at home."

"Children's Colorado is proud to partner with Billings Clinic in this care alliance. The pediatric expertise of Children's Colorado complements an already rich balance of pediatric specialists, many of whom trained at Children's Colorado," said Gil Peri, Chief Strategy Officer for Children's Colorado. "Our collective goal is to support the pediatric care providers at Billings Clinic and streamline the coordination of care when a patient needs care that can't be provided in the local community."

As part of the care alliance, designated physician and administrative liaisons from Children's Colorado perinatology, neonatology, and pediatric specialty care visit Billings each quarter for case reviews, protocol enhancement and training. The care alliance also includes collaboration via telemedicine to allow for sharing of expertise without the need for travel. Children's Colorado also assists Billings Clinic through the care alliance in providing education across the pediatric care team, including physicians, nurses and other health professionals.

The care alliance includes Billings Clinic and their regional affiliates in Montana and northern Wyoming. Billings Clinic has the largest pediatric primary care clinic in Montana; a Level III neonatal intensive care unit; as well as pediatric specialists in cardiology, neurology, pulmonology, endocrinology, oncology/hematology, and urology. 

Children's Colorado has a long history of partnering with community hospitals to provide pediatric care close to home and believes children across the western United States should be able to benefit from the knowledge and experience of its pediatric experts.

About Billings Clinic

Billings Clinic is Montana's largest health system serving Montana, Wyoming and the western Dakotas. A not-for-profit organization led by a physician CEO, Billings Clinic is governed by a board of community members, nurses and physicians. At its core, Billings Clinic is a physician-led, integrated multispecialty group practice with a 304-bed hospital and Level II trauma center. Billings Clinic has more than 4,000 employees, including more than 400 physicians and advanced practitioners offering more than 50 specialties. More information can be found at www.billingsclinic.com.

About Children's Hospital Colorado

Children's Hospital Colorado (Children's Colorado) has defined and delivered pediatric health care excellence for more than 100 years. Founded in 1908, Children's Colorado is a leading pediatric network entirely devoted to the health and well-being of children. Continually acknowledged as one of the nation's outstanding pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report and ranked on its Best Children's Hospitals 2016-17 Honor Roll, Children's Colorado is known for both its nationally and internationally recognized medical, research, education and advocacy programs, as well as comprehensive everyday care for kids throughout Colorado and surrounding states. Children's Colorado is the winner of the 2015 American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize, and is a 2013-2016 Most Wired hospital according to Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. Children's Colorado also is recognized for excellence in nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Centers and has been designated a Magnet® hospital since 2005. The hospital's family-centered, collaborative approach combines the nation's top pediatric doctors, nurses and researchers to pioneer new approaches to pediatric medicine. With urgent, emergency and specialty care locations throughout Metro Denver and Southern Colorado, including its campus on the Anschutz Medical Campus, Children's Colorado provides a full spectrum of pediatric specialties. For more information, visit www.childrenscolorado.org and connect with Children's Colorado on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.

Children's Hospital Colorado complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

Media Contact: 
Arianne Snyder
Billings Clinic Public Relations
406-657-4645
406-794-1994

Natalie Goldstein                                                                                            
Children's Hospital Colorado                                                      
Pager: 303-890-8314
Natalie.Goldstein@childrenscolorado.org

 

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