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Athens Regional and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Announce Formal Affiliation
Date
06/28/2016
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Patty Gregory, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta 404-785-7618
Mike Pilcher, Athens Regional Health System, 706-475-3336


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Athens Regional and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Announce Formal Affiliation

ATLANTA and ATHENS, GA – Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Athens Regional Health System have announced a formal affiliation agreement under which Children's will collaborate with Athens Regional to better serve children and families in the Athens area. The affiliation will support Children's and Athens Regional’s commitment to providing high-quality pediatric care, and expanding access to specialized pediatric care in Georgia.

"Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Athens Regional share a commitment to the children and families of Georgia," said Donna Hyland, President and CEO, Children's. "This affiliation is another key step that allows us to extend our reach and serve even more children in Georgia, while building a partnership with a respected hospital system and its doctors. We are grateful to Dr. Peck, the pediatricians, and the pediatric leaders for reaching out to us and being so committed to impacting the care of children in their community."

Children's is providing tools and pediatric best practices to Athens Regional to help improve its pediatric quality and patient safety program, and working together to provide training for pediatric doctors and nurses. Athens Regional will deliver care informed by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's pediatric quality and patient safety program, training for pediatric staff and pediatric clinical guidelines developed by Children's using industry best practices. The affiliation will also promote enhanced care coordination between Athens Regional and Children's and anticipates providing access to Children's specialists via telemedicine in certain specialties and areas of the hospital.

Children's will work with Athens Regional's pediatricians on best practices designed to enhance the evaluation and assessment of kids who present in Athens; on quality protocols for pediatric patients cared for at Athens Regional; on building additional infrastructure to monitor quality and improve patient safety; and on methods for enhancing care coordination and clinical integration. Children's is a teaching hospital for pediatrics, has physicians with years of specialized training in pediatrics and sees among the highest volumes of patients in the country.

"Athens Regional is honored to be currently the only affiliate hospital of this kind with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta," said Dr. Charles Peck, CEO and President of Athens Regional Health System. "We truly appreciate that Children's leaders and physicians share our same commitment to quality care. This serves as the foundation of our affiliation. We are growing stronger together so that the children of our region can access specialized medical care and stay close to home."

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About Athens Regional Health System
Athens Regional Health System is one of Northeast Georgia's largest, non-profit health care systems, comprised of a 360-plus bed, acute care facility with the regional Level 2 Trauma Center and Level 3 Neonatal ICU, four urgent care centers, an extensive network of respected physicians, surgeons and specialists. As the second largest employer in the region, Athens Regional contributes more than $800 million dollars annually to the economy. Founded by physicians in 1919, Athens Regional has garnered national acclaim in patient experience, comprehensive cardiac care including open heart and thoracic surgery, orthopedics, neurosciences, minimally invasive surgeries, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, oncology and gastroenterology. Not only has Athens Regional been chosen as the first Georgia affiliate of this kind for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta but has recently been selected to be the Official Healthcare Provider for the Georgia Bulldogs. You can find out more about Athens Regional by visiting www.athenshealth.org.

About Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta has been 100 percent dedicated to kids for more than 100 years. A not-for-profit organization, Children's is dedicated to making kids better today and healthier tomorrow. Our specialized care helps children get better faster and live healthier lives. Managing more than 870,000 patient visits annually at three hospitals and 27 neighborhood locations, Children's is the largest healthcare provider for children in Georgia and one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country. Children's offers access to more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs and is ranked among the top children's hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support since 1915, Children's has impacted the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world. Visit www.choa.org for more information.

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