WakeMed News Releases

August 15, 2011
RALEIGH, N.C. (August 15, 2011) – WakeMed Health & Hospitals today announces WakeMed Children’s Hospital has been accepted as an associate member of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI).

“Becoming a member of NACHRI is an important step for WakeMed Children’s,” commented Mark Piehl, MD, medical director of WakeMed Children’s Hospital. “The ability to share information with peers who like us focus exclusively on children’s health care, is invaluable. Additionally, our advocacy voice is much stronger in a group than it is alone. We are very excited to be a part of this important national organization.”

WakeMed Children’s joins the foremost 242 children's hospitals in the nation as a collective voice for health systems devoted to the well-being of children and their families. Associate members of NACHRI are not-for-profit medical institutions with a pediatric graduate education program affiliated with a medical school, a minimum daily pediatric census of 45, and recognition as a pediatric referral center.
NACHRI provides members with a variety of opportunities to share best practices, benchmark performance, analyze data and collaborate/network with other members. These collaborative opportunities can provide invaluable support to WakeMed as it continues to enhance and expand children’s services. NACHRI also devotes significant resources to federal advocacy on issues that matter most to children’s hospitals throughout the United States.

NACHRI is a not-for-profit organization of children's hospitals, large pediatric units of medical centers and related health systems, including those that specialize in rehabilitative care of children with serious chronic or congenital illnesses. NACHRI is a voice for health systems devoted to the well-being of America's 70 million children and their families, and works to ensure children's access to health care and the continuing ability of children's hospitals to provide services needed by children. Learn more at http://www.childrenshospitals.net
About WakeMed Health & Hospitals
WakeMed Health & Hospitals is a private, not-for-profit health care organization based in Raleigh, N.C. The 870-bed system comprises a network of health care facilities throughout Wake and Johnston Counties. Centers of excellence include cardiac and vascular care, women’s and children’s services, physical rehab, emergency and trauma, orthopedics, neurosciences, home care and numerous wellness and community outreach programs. WakeMed’s team of 7,750 employees, 1,000 volunteers and more than 1,000 affiliated physicians serve the residents of North Carolina using the most advanced technologies to ensure the finest in health care. For more information, visit www.wakemed.org.

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