Tucson Arizona, June 8 — Phoenix Children’s Hospital, one of the largest children’s hospitals in the country with a staff of nearly 1,000 pediatric specialists working across more than 75 pediatric subspecialties, has assumed coverage for intensive care and hospitalist services for TMC for Children. The transition, which began on June 3, was a smooth handoff from the long-standing service by University Physicians Healthcare.
“Not only does this relationship ensure stable, predictable coverage, but Phoenix Children’s has a
philosophy that fits very well with our patient-centered approach,” said Brooke Casebolt, a registered nurse and the director of patient care services at TMC for Children. “Phoenix Children’s emphasizes daily rounds and family engagement in its approach, and has a clear understanding of the need to draw from multiple disciplines in providing the best care for the children and families we serve.
New to Tucson are several members of the Phoenix Children’s staff, who are based in this community and call TMC their hospital home. They include, Dr. Heather Hanley, medical director for the pediatric intensive care unit and Dr. Kevin Carter, medical director for pediatric hospitalists.
“While Phoenix Children’s shares our philosophy that care provided closest to home is preferable whenever possible, this relationship will allow TMC to explore new opportunities to further build the pediatrics program,” said TMC Chief Medical Officer Rick Anderson, noting Phoenix Children’s will augment specialty services where gaps might exist.
Phoenix Children’s joins a team of other long-standing pediatric providers on campus, with Pediatrix providing medical coverage to TMC’s newborn intensive care unit. Pediatric specialty coverage is provided by Tucson Community Pediatric Specialists, a community-based, accessible and a valuable part of the TMC for Children care team. Tucson Community Pediatric Specialists include physicians who specialize in anesthesiology, cardiology, dermatology, emergency medicine, ENT, neonatology, neurology, ophthalmology, oral surgery/dentistry, orthopedics, plastic surgery, pulmonology, radiology, surgery and urology.