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Mercy and UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital Announce New Partnership That Will Bring Emergency Care to Lorain County

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Lorain – Mercy and University Hospitals (UH) Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital are pleased to announce a new partnership that will bring nationally recognized emergency care to Lorain County’s youngest residents with the launch of Rainbow Pediatric Emergency Services at Mercy Regional Medical Center and Mercy Allen Hospital.

This latest partnership builds on the established relationship Mercy has forged with University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center. This venture is yet another example of Mercy’s commitment to offer families access to the most innovative and comprehensive health care in Lorain County.

Consistently ranked as one of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital has trained Mercy emergency physicians and staff on Rainbow quality care protocols, comfort measures and other pediatric advances, and share the latest pediatric research and educational opportunities.

As a part of the collaboration between Mercy and UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, children will have access to renowned Rainbow pediatric specialists and a multidisciplinary team of pediatric experts for follow-up care to diagnose and treat complex disorders in children from infants to teens. Additionally, children who need an even higher level of care will now have enhanced access to Rainbow’s Level I Pediatric Trauma Center and more coordinated care through their full range of pediatric specialists.

“As a parent, when your child is facing an emergency, you want them to have access to the most trusted name in pediatric care,” explains Mercy president and CEO Edwin Oley. “This partnership gives our families the assurance that when their loved ones need it, they will receive the most advanced techniques in pediatric care.

“This venture with UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital allows Mercy to deliver on our mission to provide an even higher standard of care in our community,” continued Oley. “The UH Rainbow expertise and opportunity for collaboration with our local physicians will further extend the excellent quality and compassionate care that patients have come to expect from Mercy.”

“We are thrilled to have Mercy Regional Medical Center and Mercy Allen Hospital as the newest members of the UH Rainbow Care Network,” says Andrew Hertz, MD, medical director of the UH Rainbow Care Network. “We have always believed in the strength of partnership and looked for communities where we can collaborate with health providers that embrace the same dedication to clinical excellence. Together with Mercy, we will ensure that Lorain County children have access to the highest level of care where they live.”

Over the next month, Mercy Regional Medical Center will renovate and upgrade the emergency department to create a more inviting environment in the waiting room. Part of the renovation, which will be completed in September, includes designing a separate waiting room space for pediatric patients and families with child-friendly activities, furniture and atmosphere.

Mercy Allen Hospital’s emergency department will also enhance its waiting room with more child-friendly décor.

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