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September 5, 2013
WakeMed pediatricians will work in Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford, providing care
for the youngest patients

SANFORD, N.C. (September 4, 2013) – The youngest patients at Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford, N.C. now receive 24/7 care by pediatric hospitalists from WakeMed Children’s Hospital. The 24/7 service – which launched on September 1 – is led by WakeMed’s board-certified pediatricians who specialize in caring for hospitalized children and infants and will support Central Carolina Hospital’s recently designated pediatric unit.

In addition to caring for children at Central Carolina Hospital for a variety of conditions, WakeMed’s pediatric hospitalists will attend at high-risk deliveries and care for healthy newborns and infants in the special care nursery. They will also provide on-site emergency department consultations at Central Carolina Hospital as well as telephone consultations with community healthcare providers.

WakeMed and Central Carolina Hospital will work closely with community pediatricians to ensure care is well coordinated between Sanford-area primary care physicians and Central Carolina Hospital.

Doug Doris, CEO, Central Carolina Hospital said, “Local doctors are integral partners with the hospitalists, so they know that patients and their families are receiving excellent care.”

“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,” commented Mark Piehl, MD, MPH, medical director of WakeMed Children’s Hospital. “Our partnership helps ensure local families will not have to travel far to receive the best care possible, anytime they need it.”

WakeMed was chosen for the hospital system’s expertise in caring for children of all ages, with a wide range of serious illnesses and injuries not seen as commonly in community hospitals. To support the program, WakeMed welcomed three new pediatric hospitalists – Dr. Ann Scott Pate, Dr. Steven Pattishall and Dr. Jennifer Vick – who will work primarily at Central Carolina Hospital, but will also rotate at the WakeMed Children’s Hospital.

Central Carolina Hospital recently designated a pediatric treatment area. Over the past month, WakeMed’s pediatric hospitalist team has trained nurses, physicians and support staff at Central Carolina Hospital as they prepare to treat more kids than ever. Central Carolina Hospital is the first community hospital to partner with the WakeMed Children’s Hospitalist program.

About Central Carolina Hospital
Central Carolina Hospital is a 137-bed acute care hospital located at 1135 Carthage Street in Sanford, N.C. Central Carolina Hospital serves the medical and health care needs of Lee County and surrounding counties. Central Carolina Hospital offers a wide range of programs and services including emergency services, outpatient rehabilitation programs, advanced diagnostic imaging, inpatient and outpatient surgery, and maternity services. Central Carolina Hospital also provides cardiology services including cardiac catheterization, echocardiography, and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation programs. The hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency. To learn more about the hospital, visit www.centralcarolinahospital.com.

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 8,500 employees, 1,500 volunteers, more than 1,200 affiliated physicians, and 240 physicians employed by WakeMed Physician Practices serve the residents of North Carolina using the most advanced technologies to ensure the finest in health care.
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