(Sioux Falls, SD and Dublin, Ireland) – Children in Ireland will soon have their own Castle of Care™. Sanford Health announced today plans to open a Sanford Children’s Clinic in Dublin, Ireland. As Sanford’s second international clinic, it is a cooperative effort between Sanford Children’s, the Hermitage Medical Clinic and Vhi Healthcare, Ireland’s largest and only specialist health insurance company.
“In Dublin, we will supplement the high-quality care provided by the country’s general practitioners and existing pediatricians with coordinated, secondary pediatric care,” stated Dave Link, Sanford Health-MeritCare Senior Executive Vice President. “Along with our partners at Hermitage and Vhi Healthcare, we will provide that important link in an out-patient setting.”
Sanford Children’s will partner with a variety of individuals and organizations in the development and ongoing operations of the Sanford-Vhi Healthcare-Hermitage Children’s Clinic. The clinic will be located on the campus of the Hermitage Medical Clinic, which will allow the hospital to offer additional pediatric care and necessary lab and imaging services.
Commenting on the announcement, Jimmy Tolan, Chief Executive, Vhi Healthcare, stated, “We are pleased to partner with Sanford Children’s and the Hermitage Medical Clinic in the development of this world-class facility for our customers. The services provided are intended to meet a fundamental gap between primary care and tertiary care. We believe that this new clinic will add great value, expanding the access our members have to world-class healthcare in a community setting.”
The Sanford-Vhi Healthcare-Hermitage Children’s Clinic is expected to open in 2012. Two full-time consultant pediatricians will have practices in the clinic and act as first referral sources, and eight to ten subspecialty pediatricians will provide advanced pediatric services. Eamonn Fitzgerald, CEO of the Hermitage Medical Clinic said “The clinic will be built on the campus of the Hermitage Medical Clinic and this location will allow the hospital to offer additional pediatric care and necessary lab and imaging services. This is an exciting collaboration and we look forward to bringing these much needed services to Irish families.”
The clinic staff in Dublin will also have access to share clinical expertise, education and research with a comprehensive team of pediatric subspecialists at Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. It is the second international clinic and one of five Sanford Children’s Clinics announced by Sanford Health as part of the initiatives outlined after a transformational donation from South Dakota businessman and philanthropist Denny Sanford in 2007. A portion of the donation is being used to establish a network of Sanford Children's Clinics in communities throughout the world in order to expand access to pediatric care for children who might otherwise go without.
Sanford Health also announced plans to build a clinic in Klamath Falls, Oregon, drawing current physicians in the community into one convenient location. The first Sanford Children’s Clinic opened in Duncan, Oklahoma in August 2009; Sanford Children’s Clinic in Oceanside, CA will share space with Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego in a facility set to open in spring 2011.
About Sanford Health-MeritCare
Sanford Health-MeritCare consists of two long-standing health systems in the Dakotas who merged in 2009; Sanford Health based in Sioux Falls, SD and MeritCare based in Fargo, ND. The largest rural not-for-profit healthcare system in the nation, Sanford Health-MeritCare serves six states (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma). It includes 30 hospitals with a total of 1,600 beds, as well as more than 800 physicians in numerous clinics in more than 70 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 18,000 employees, Sanford Health-MeritCare is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. For more information, visit www.sanfordmeritcare.com.
About Vhi Healthcare
Vhi Healthcare is Ireland's largest and only specialist private health insurance company providing private health insurance to over 1.36 million people with over 50 years experience. Vhi Healthcare is committed to improving the wellbeing of our customers. The organization’s Wellness Strategy will be crucial to providing more relevance and added value to being a Vhi Healthcare customer in the future as it moves from being not only a provider and procurer of hospital services but also a provider of illness prevention initiatives, focused diagnostic and screening services, chronic disease management, and care in the community services. Further information about Vhi Healthcare can be accessed on www.vhi.ie.
About Hermitage Medical Clinic
The Hermitage Medical Clinic is a high-tech community-focused acute care hospital. It has state of the art diagnostic and therapeutic platforms, enabling it to provide excellence in care across a broad spectrum of medical and surgical specialties. By way of example, it has particular expertise in the areas of Medical, Surgical and Radiation Oncology as well as Orthopedics and Neurosciences. Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology services provide comprehensive patient care opportunities to a significant inpatient and out patient population the organization serves. The development of a seven day a week Emergency Department has further enhanced the commitment to serving the needs of the community. As a JCI accredited hospital, Hermitage is fully committed to the provision of patient-centric care and focused on the health status needs of the population within the community served. For more information please see www.hermitageclinic.ie.
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