Kaweah Delta Partners With Valley Children's To Staff NICU And Pediatric Units
VISALIA, CA – Effective Wednesday, Feb. 1, Kaweah Delta Medical Center
will enter into a partnership with Valley Children’s Medical Group
to provide medical staffing for Kaweah Delta’s Neonatal Intensive
Care Unit and Pediatrics Unit.
“We are confident that this will be a positive and long-term relationship
that will help us provide the best care possible to the infants and children
at Kaweah Delta,” said Lindsay Mann, Chief Executive Officer of
All staffing in these units – by nurses, respiratory therapists,
etc. – will continue to be provided by Kaweah Delta staff. The beds
will remain Kaweah Delta beds. However, the partnership with Valley Children’s
Medical Group will grow the number of neonatologists able to care for
babies in the NICU from two to three neonatologists. It will also bring
four neonatal nurse practitioners to the NICU to supplement the neonatologist
coverage in the evenings and on weekends. The group will also provide
pediatric cardiology coverage and other pediatric specialty coverage.
First 5 Tulare County, whose mission is to support children 0 to 5 years
of age, plays a critical role in funding medical services in Kaweah Delta's
NICU and pediatric programs. Specifically, this year, as it has in the
past, First 5 Tulare County will contribute over $780,000 to ensure that
infants and children of Tulare County have access to the very best medical
care possible at Kaweah Delta.
Marianne Anderson, M.D., and Julianne Randolph, D.O., have been jointly
selected by Kaweah Delta and Valley Children’s Medical Group to
serve, respectively, as medical directors of the NICU and Pediatric services.
In Kaweah Delta’s Pediatrics Unit, Valley Children’s Medical
Group will provide medical staffing and will allow continued 24-hour,
on-site coverage by a pediatric hospitalist who will respond to Kaweah
Delta’s Pediatric Unit, Mother-Baby Unit and emergency department,
said Regina Sawyer, Kaweah Delta’s Chief Nursing Officer.
Michelle Morrow, who serves as the Executive Director of First 5 Tulare
County, said the partnership will help elevate pediatric services at Kaweah
Delta. “First 5 Tulare County is pleased with this new development
in our partnership with Kaweah Delta to elevate the level of service in
the Pediatric Hospitalists program. Bringing physicians affiliated with
Valley Children’s Hospital to Tulare County will ensure that more
of our youngest children will continue to receive excellent primary and
specialty healthcare within their own community. First 5 and Kaweah Delta
have done much together to expand and improve pediatric care for Tulare
County’s children and we look forward to a continued relationship.”
Sawyer said the partnership will help keep babies close to home. “This
is going to be better for families because keeping babies close to loved
ones is an important part of the care and healing process,” Sawyer
said. “When we do have to send a baby to Valley Children’s
Hospital in Madera, we know it is because they need the highest level
Kaweah Delta’s NICU is a community-level designated 15-bed unit.
It is staffed with nurses, who are trained to care for critically-ill
babies requiring intensive care 24-hours a day. Kaweah Delta’s Pediatrics
Unit is a 12-bed unit caring for children from birth to adolescence.