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Monday, August 29, 2011 - Nemours, Inspira Health Network Announce Partnership to Bring - Advanced Pediatric Care to South Jersey

Renowned pediatric specialists from Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children are closer and more convenient for families in Cumberland, Salem and Gloucester counties.

Vineland, NJ -- Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is pleased to announce their partnership with Inspira Health Network to expand access to high quality pediatric specialty care throughout South Jersey. As part of this new relationship Nemours Pediatric Partners at Inspira Health Network provides around-the-clock neonatal, pediatric, and emergency care for children at SJH Regional Medical Center requiring specialized care.

Access to Nemours physicians and advanced, child-friendly outpatient specialty care will continue to be made available at Nemours Children’s Clinics in Voorhees, NJ; Egg Harbor Township, NJ; Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE. In addition, Nemours Children’s Clinic offers outpatient cardiology clinic sessions in Vineland, NJ. This partnership is supported by Nemours’ use of a fully integrated electronic medical record system that enables full access to patient data, regardless of where they are treated within the Nemours system.

"At Nemours, we've made a promise to do whatever it takes to help children grow up healthy and reach their full potential,” stated Kevin B. Churchwell, MD, chief executive officer of the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. “Establishing Nemours Pediatric Partners at Inspira Health Network helps us achieve this promise by bringing neonatology and pediatric hospitalist services to children and families in their own community and making the duPont Hospital for Children’s advanced pediatric care resources available when needed.”

“Nemours and Inspira Health Network are perfect together,” said Chet Kaletkowski, SJH President and CEO. “Nemours brings wonderful clinical expertise and the backing of a nationally recognized pediatric hospital to our community, while Inspira brings a state-of-the-art level III a neonatal unit. This is a win-win for our organizations, and the community.”
Dr. Muhammad Anwar will serve as Chief of Neonatology for Nemours Pediatric Partners at Inspira Health Network, overseeing a team of five neonatologists. Dr. Anwar is a diplomate of the American Board of Neonatology and the American Board of Pediatrics and has been practicing pediatric medicine in South Jersey for more than a decade. Under Dr. Anwar’s leadership, a team of five neonatologists will provide expert critical care for children requiring more intensive specialized treatments. U.S. News and World Report ranked Nemours among the best in the nation in neonatology for 2011/2012.

Inspira Health Network recently began construction on a Level IIIa Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Inspira Medical Center in Vineland. This $6 million, 14,800 square foot expansion and renovation of the nursery will bring advanced care for premature, low birth-weight and critically ill infants to the region. Currently, the nursery in Vineland is classified at Level II, and can provide care for premature infants born at 32 weeks. With advancement to a Level IIIa NICU, SJH will be able to care for infants as young as 28 weeks.

Dr. Larry Herrera will serve as Chief of Pediatric Hospitalists for Nemours Pediatric Partners at Inspira Health Network, overseeing a team of five pediatric hospitalists. Dr. Herrera is a board certified pediatrician and most recently practiced as a Nemours pediatric hospitalist in Atlantic City, NJ. Nemours pediatric hospitalists will provide 24/7 consultation and evaluation services to trauma and emergency room physicians as well as community pediatricians to ensure a seamless transition upon hospital discharge.

For more information regarding Nemours Pediatric Partners at Inspira Health Network, call 1-800-770-7547 or visit nemours.org.

About Nemours
Nemours, one of the nation’s leading pediatric health systems, is dedicated to achieving higher standards in children’s health by offering a spectrum of clinical treatment, research, advocacy, and educational health and prevention services extending to all families in the communities it serves. Starting with Alfred I. duPont’s bequest over seventy years ago, Nemours has grown into a multi-dimensional organization offering personalized clinical and preventive care focused on children.

Nemours owns and operates the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware and major children’s specialty clinics in Delaware (Wilmington), Florida (Jacksonville, Orlando and Pensacola), Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Lancaster and Newtown Square) and New Jersey (Egg Harbor Township and Voorhees). Nemours will establish a new full-service children’s hospital in Orlando in 2012. KidsHealth.org, the world’s most visited pediatric health care Web site for parents, kids and teens, is a project of Nemours.

Nemours employs over 4,100 individuals, including 430 pediatric physicians, specialists and surgeons who cared for over a quarter of a million children in 2010. The organization’s goal is to align with parents, physicians, community leaders, children’s advocates and elected officials to ensure optimal wellness for every child. For more information about Nemours, please visit nemours.org.

About Inspira Health Network
At Inspira Health Network, our staff and physicians work together to provide hospital services, community health centers, home health services, and specialty services, which serve the medical and health care needs of our community. As it has grown during the last two decades, Inspira Health Network has become one of the region’s premier healthcare systems with two hospitals and outpatient care offered in more than 40 locations. The Inspira Medical Center Vineland, the system’s newest hospital, is a state-of-the-art 262-bed facility. The health system also includes Inspira Medical Center Elmer , a 96-bed facility.

The health system is guided by a mission to provide quality healthcare through the pursuit of the highest possible clinical and service excellence. As a result, Inspira Health Network has earned several national awards for service and clinical excellence, confirming its ongoing commitment to providing exceptional care, introducing new technologies, and expanding its facilities to meet our community’s needs.