VALHALLA, N.Y. and POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (July 15, 2020) – Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) announces the establishment of onsite, dedicated pediatric services at MidHudson Regional Hospital, Poughkeepsie, NY, under the auspices of the Network's Maria Fareri Children's Hospital (MFCH).
The new MFCH pediatric center of the region's only children's hospital will provide pediatric emergency room services as well as inpatient care.
Expected to be fully operational by late summer 2020, the new services will include:
Pediatric Emergency Room: a separate, child-friendly pediatric emergency room.
A dedicated Pediatric Inpatient Unit staffed by pediatric nurses and pediatric hospitalists.
Caregiver Center services to support patients, siblings, parents and other family members during care.
"MidHudson Regional Hospital has a long and proud history of caring for families in the counties that it serves," said Michael D. Israel, President and CEO of WMCHealth. "Today, that legacy grows stronger as we continue our commitment to ensuring that people of all ages receive care as close to home as possible. We are pleased that we are able to bring the renowned emergency and inpatient care and service of our Maria Fareri Children's Hospital into the Mid-Hudson region, giving residents more direct and immediate access to the renowned care of the Hudson Valley's largest healthcare network."
"Every day families come from around the region, and around the world, to seek the care of Maria Fareri Children's Hospital physicians and our advanced care medical team," said Michael Gewitz, MD, Executive Director and William McCurdy Physician-in-Chief of Maria Fareri Children's Hospital. "Now, we are able to bring this child- and family-friendly care to another part of the Hudson Valley - allowing more children to be treated closer to home - for illnesses that are routine, and those that are life-altering."
Annually, about 600 children from the Mid-Hudson region are cared for at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, via referral for care by local pediatricians, transfer from other hospitals and emergency departments, or transport directly to the Valhalla, NY hospital. This represents the majority of children who need inpatient care in this region, annually. Now, children will have direct access to pediatric emergency care, and children and their families will be able to stay closer to home for care and hospitalization. Children needing specialized care and procedures will still be cared for at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital's main campus in Valhalla where the most seriously ill or injured infants and children are brought for treatment that is not available anywhere else in the region.
“This is an important win for our community,” said Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro. “There is a critical need for pediatric care and the simultaneous attention to meeting the needs of family members and loved ones. We are grateful our most vulnerable community members – our children – will have ready access to care right here, from their first symptoms of illness to a life-threatening emergency. We are grateful to MidHudson Regional Hospital for prioritizing the needs of children and their families with the addition of these new, dedicated pediatric services.”
Renovation is currently underway for the child- and family-friendly inpatient unit and pediatric emergency department. Services are expected to begin being offered by the end of the summer.
About Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network
Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital is the children’s hospital for New York’s Hudson Valley region and Fairfield County, Connecticut. Located in Valhalla, NY, this 136-bed advanced pediatrics facility cares for the region’s most seriously ill and injured children including those in need of cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, hematology and oncology treatments, organ transplants and other specialty pediatric services. Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital is also home to the area’s only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Level I pediatric trauma and burn care programs and its Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. For more information on Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, interested parties can visit mariafarerichildrens.org or follow the hospital at Facebook.com/MFCHatWMC and Twitter.com/MFCHatWMC.
About MidHudson Regional Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network
MidHudson Regional Hospital, located in Poughkeepsie, New York, is home to the mid-Hudson Valley’s most advanced healthcare services. This 243-bed facility cares for more than 10,000 inpatients annually while performing hundreds of thousands of outpatient procedures each year. MidHudson Regional Hospital operates the area’s only ACS-verified Level II trauma center, is home to the Redl Center for Cancer Care and Center for Robotic Surgery, and operates one of the busiest emergency departments in the region, with most patients seeing a healthcare provider in 30 minutes or less. For more information on MidHudson Regional Hospital, visit MidHudsonRegional.org or follow the hospital at Facebook.com/MidHudsonRegional and Twitter.com/MidHudsonRH.
About Westchester Medical Center Health Network
The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) is a 1,700-bed healthcare system headquartered in Valhalla, New York, with 10 hospitals on eight campuses spanning 6,200 square miles of the Hudson Valley. WMCHealth employs more than 12,000 people and has nearly 3,000 attending physicians. From Level 1, Level 2 and Pediatric Trauma Centers, the region’s only acute care children’s hospital, an academic medical center, several community hospitals, dozens of specialized institutes and centers, skilled nursing, assisted living facilities, homecare services and one of the largest mental health systems in New York State, today WMCHealth is the pre-eminent provider of integrated healthcare in the Hudson Valley. For more information about WMCHealth, visit WMCHealth.org.