CCH, WakeMed join forces

Sep. 05, 2013 @ 05:03 AM

Children needing to go to the hospital is an inherently stressful event, so a new partnership involving Central Carolina Hospital will work toward expanding and improving local pediatric care.

As of Sept. 1, CCH and health care giant WakeMed Health and Hospitals have begun working together in order to provide 24/7 care at the Sanford hospital, courtesy of specialists from the Raleigh-based health care group.

“These dedicated hospitalists — physicians who care for patients while they are in the hospital — are board certified in pediatrics and provide the highest level of care for hospitalized children and infants,” a press release announcing the partnership stated. “In addition to treating children at Central Carolina Hospital for a variety of conditions, the WakeMed Children’s hospitalist team will attend at high-risk deliveries and care for healthy newborns and infants in the special care nursery.”

Central Carolina Hospital CEO Doug Doris said in the release that the hospital will also be working with local primary care physicians to make sure there is strong communication and coordination whenever a child goes to CCH for care, as well as to make more people in the community aware of the new development

“Local doctors are integral partners with the hospitalists, so they know that patients and their families are receiving excellent care,” he said.

Mark Piehl, the director of WakeMed’s Childrens’ Hospital, said in the press release that the partnership will be a boon. In addition to getting three staff members who will be based primarily in Sanford, Central Carolina Hospital also received specialized staff training from experts from the children’s hospital as part of the deal.

“WakeMed is honored to be working alongside the Central Carolina Hospital team to care for infants and children from Lee County and the surrounding area,” Piehl said. “Our partnership helps ensure local families will not have to travel far to receive the best care possible, anytime they need it.”

As part of the partnership, WakeMed also hired three new doctors who will spend most of their time at CCH, with occasional trips back to the WakeMed Children’s Hospital. They are Dr. Ann Scott Pate, Dr. Steven Pattishall and Dr. Jennifer Vick. All three worked for or studied at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine in addition to other experience.

Pate is a hospitalist who comes from Virginia Hospitalists, Inc., in Richmond, where she served pediatric units at two community hospitals, including doing emergency department consults and nursery coverage, as well as educating family practice residents. She also worked at the Department of Infectious Disease Pharmacology at Duke University, received her medical degree from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine and completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of Tennessee’s LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of the South (Sewanee), where she majored in Spanish.

Pattishall is an intensivist (he specializes in treating patients in intensive care) who just completed his residency in pediatrics at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. He also went to UNC for medical school and undergrad, having received a bachelor’s degree in biology with highest honors and highest distinction. His previous experience includes work with the Chapel Hill Cooperative Preschool Board, clinical research in the UNC School of Medicine’s Pediatrics Department, and biochemical and genetic research in UNC’s biology department. He is conversational in Spanish.

Vick is a hospitalist who was chief resident of pediatrics at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. She received her medical degree and a certificate of physiology from the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia, where she was a pediatric resident. She completed clinical and research fellowships in pediatric nephrology at UNC’s medical school and has been a pediatric hospitalist at Lexington Memorial Hospital, as well as an instructor at both the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and the UNC School of Medicine. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Elon College (now known as Elon University).