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Billings Clinic, Montana’s leader in pediatric specialty care, and Children’s Hospital Colorado, one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals, today announced they have formed a care alliance to provide children and their families with the highest level of coordinated medical care as close to home as possible. This alliance streamlines the coordination of care between the two organizations to ensure the right care at the right time at the right location.
“We have a long standing partnership with Children’s Hospital Colorado given their impeccable reputation for innovation, research, and compassionate sub-specialty pediatric care,” said Dr. Michelle Pierson, Chair of Pediatrics at Billings Clinic. “The care alliance gives us the opportunity to strengthen that partnership with one of the leading quaternary hospitals in the country and tap into their expertise at a higher level, giving our pediatricians and pediatric specialists new tools to provide care for children and adolescents with complex conditions right here at home.”
“Children’s Colorado is proud to partner with Billings Clinic in this care alliance. The pediatric expertise of Children’s Colorado compliments an already rich balance of pediatric specialists, many of whom trained at Children’s Colorado,” said Gil Peri, Chief Strategy Officer for Children’s Colorado. “Our collective goal is to support the pediatric care providers at Billings Clinic and streamline the coordination of care when a patient needs care that can’t be provided in the local community.”
As part of the care alliance, designated physician and administrative liaisons from Children’s Colorado perinatology, neonatology, and pediatric specialty care visit Billings each quarter for case reviews, protocol enhancement and training. The care alliance also includes collaboration via telemedicine to allow for sharing of expertise without the need for travel. Children’s Colorado also assists Billings Clinic through the care alliance in providing education across the pediatric care team, including physicians, nurses and other health professionals.
The care alliance includes Billings Clinic and their regional affiliates in Montana and northern Wyoming. Billings Clinic has the largest pediatric primary care clinic in Montana; a Level III neonatal intensive care unit; as well as pediatric specialists in cardiology, neurology, pulmonology, endocrinology, oncology/hematology, and urology.
Children’s Colorado has a long history of partnering with community hospitals to provide pediatric care close to home and believes children across the western United States should be able to benefit from the knowledge and experience of its pediatric experts.
Read the February 21 story about the care alliance in the Billings Gazette, and see additional coverage from KTVQ and 98.5 The Wolf.