NorthCrest officials announced an agreement with Vanderbilt to expand care for all newborns and pediatric patients in a press release on Friday, Dec. 6.
Beginning Nov. 1, pediatricians and nurse practitioners from Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt began providing 24/7 care in the Special Care Nursey at NorthCrest according to a press release. These doctors and nurses will also be available to consult with NorthCrest to care for children seeking emergency care or admittance to the hospital.
“This affiliation with Vanderbilt gives our community more convenient access to the excellent healthcare that we all rely on Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt to provide,” Randy Davis, President and CEO of NorthCrest Health said in a press release. “This expansion of our affiliation reflects our ongoing commitment to provide high quality, convenient healthcare to those we serve.”
NorthCrest and Vanderbilt first entered a professional services agreement in 2013. Doctors, nurse practitioners and certified nurse midwives from Vanderbilt Health have been providing prenatal and gynecologic care as well as delivering babies at the NorthCrest campus.
“We already have services at the hospital provided by Vanderbilt with the Women’s Department/Services with those women coming to deliver here or have a [gynecological] procedure like a surgery of some sort like a hysterectomy,” NorthCrest Marketing Manager Casey Blew said.
Blew said the hospital needed a new pediatric provider which opened up the opportunity to partner further with Vanderbilt. While the hospital was providing pediatric care through other providers, they have now further combined with Vanderbilt to offer excellent care to patients.
“We always have a nurse practitioner or doctor here for the nursery because they need 24/7 coverage, similar to, we have 24/7 midwives here for the women’s area in case there is a delivery,” Blew said. “We always have a provider here for the nursery, which would be a neonatologist, for pediatric.”
Since the transition began around a month ago, the hospital has around eight to ten providers available, and they will continue to add providers into the circulation to best serve those who come to the hospital. Having this service located at NorthCrest will allow patients to receive specialized pediatric care locally.