Children Receive Specialized Care in Oh-Penn Region

Children enjoy quality care in the Oh-Penn Region, thanks to enhancements and improvements taking place at local hospitals.

By
John Fuller
On Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 04:00

Residents in the Oh-Penn Region have better options for pediatric care, thanks to enhancements and improvements taking place at local hospitals.

Early this year, Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley in Boardman, Ohio, announced a variety of upgrades to the hospital's radiology department at the Beeghly campus. Thanks to a $1 million donation from the Kikel Charitable Trust, the hospital is acquiring new equipment, upgrading software and redesigning rooms and machinery. These improvements will allow patients to receive treatment close to home instead of traveling to Akron for specialized procedures.

New technology in the hospital's radiology department includes transcranial Doppler equipment that will enhance its sickle cell screening program and new imaging equipment that allows patients to receive nuclear exams. An MRI-compatible general anesthesia machine and 16-slice CT scanning equipment are also being added.

Rooms within the department are getting a makeover, showcasing bright colors, characters and inviting designs created by Equip Art, a Cincinnati-based equipment design company.

Telemedicine Program Offers Better Diagnosis

UPMC Horizon is partnering with Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC to offer a telemedicine program in the emergency departments of UPMC Horizon's Greenville and Shenango Valley campuses, allowing children to receive treatment from top pediatric specialists.

The program enables doctors at Children's to consult with UPMC Horizon physicians and determine if a child needs to be transferred.

"Telemedicine technology provides advantages over a telephone call," says Dr. Richard Saladino, chief of pediatric emergency medicine at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. "The high-definition transmission gives incredible clarity to what we see at the referring site and allows for direct and more rapid bedside interpretation of the clinical state of the child."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

John Fuller has a long career in the communications business.