The Catalyst Issue 21 | May 2015 - Page 8

COMMITMENT | to patients and the future that Temple’s size makes McLane Children’s unique among the roughly 250 children’s hospitals in the United States. “We are arguably the smallest community in the country to have our own children’s hospital,” she says. Also contributing to the hospital’s excellent reputation is its status as an academic center affiliated with the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, Dr. Beeram says. “We have a huge group of residents— future pediatricians—training here,” he says, adding that McLane Children’s also offers fellowships to train pediatric 27 RESIDENTS AND FELLOWS specialists. “To have that level of training, you have to have the highest level of care.” McLane Children’s currently has 27 residents and fellows. McLane Children’s offers 40 pediatric medical and surgical specialties and support services, including gastroenterology, ophthalmology, urology, and orthopedic surgery. “We never thought we’d provide this spectrum 8 THE CATALYST May 15 | of services in the first three years,” says Dr. Beeram. According to Dr. Boyd, the hospital can now meet the healthcare needs of 99 percent of its young patients, with the exception of those who require cardiothoracic surgery. Pediatric specialists’ offices are in a new, five-story clinic, adjacent to the hospital, that opened in February 2014, making care easier for families because it’s available on one campus. Meeting families where they live About 300,000 children live in the eight counties served by McLane Children’s Hospital and clinics, covering a 30,000-square-mile area between Dallas and Austin. To better serve those children and their families, McLane Children’s has opened six clinics since 2011, for a total of 13. An expansive pediatric specialty clinic presence—with some locations that have been in place for many years— supports families’ needs to have their children receive follow-up and preventive care outside the hospital setting and near their homes. Pediatric specialists deliver important outpatient care services at a network of facilities in Central Texas, including Waco, Killeen, Round Rock, Georgetown, College Station, and more. When specialists visit clinics in the more distant areas, families outside of Temple have even easier access to pediatric expertise. Dr. Boyd says, “Our pediatric specialists see patients at these clinics, because it’s always better to get your care as close to home as possible.” And it’s best to work closely with local pediatricians’ offices, often seen as a pediatric patient’s “medical home.” Partnership with pediatricians Collaboration with community pediatricians is one of the most significant aspects of the McLane Children’s model of care, because these physicians are parents’ primary point of contact for their child’s care. “[Having] pediatric specialists on-site saves families a huge amount of extra trips and headaches,” says Daniel Ransom, MD, section chief of the Department of Pediatrics at the Scott & White Clinic in College Station. Bradley Berg, MD, PhD, division director of pediatrics fo ȁ5