New Kids Express Opens Jan. 15 at TriStar Centennial Women's & Children's
January 14, 2013
First concierge pediatric outpatient center in Nashville and Middle Tennessee
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 14, 2013) – Kids Express, the first and only concierge pediatric outpatient services center in the area, opens at TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s hospital in Nashville, Tenn., on January 15 at 8 a.m.
A ribbon cutting ceremony today celebrated this expansion of outpatient pediatric services at the hospital.
Kids Express is the first outpatient services center designed just for kids in Nashville and all of Middle Tennessee. A pediatrician or family practice physician now has a new referral option when a child needs services including IV therapy, respiratory therapy, medical laboratory work, and imaging services. Kids Express was specially designed to provide timely, stress-free outpatient services for children up to age 18.
“Kids Express is a unique extension of a pediatrician or family practitioner’s office that provides outpatient pediatric services that previously would have required a visit to the Emergency Room,” explained Jeffrey Guy, M.D., chief medical officer of the pediatric program at TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s. “Now pediatricians can refer patients to a kid-friendly environment with little to no wait for outpatient services and parents can avoid the emergency room, reducing stress and the additional charge of an emergency room visit.”
Specially trained staff at Kids Express focus only on providing outpatient pediatric care prescribed by the referring physician. Results are reported directly back the referring doctor, who then decides if the child is ready to go home or if more care is needed. If a child needs to be admitted, a higher level of pediatric care is available onsite in the hospital’s pediatric unit or pediatric intensive care unit.
This new six-bay area is staffed by registered nurses who specialize in pediatric care, the same experienced nursing team that also staffs the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit and pediatric medical/surgical unit. Board-certified pediatric intensivists and hospitalists are on-site for immediate consultation.
Kids Express uses industry-leading technology designed for treating infants, children, and teenagers. The outpatient area was built in an existing hospital space that has been completely redesigned to fit this specialty care area.
Patients have access to free, dedicated parking directly across the street from the Kids Express entrance. There is also a covered pick-up and drop-off area.
Kids Express is located in TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s hospital on the TriStar Centennial Medical Center campus in Nashville, Tenn. The hospital recently expanded its pediatric services to include a new pediatric intensive care unit in addition to its existing pediatric medical/surgical unit. Additional pediatric services are planned for 2013. It is the only Middle Tennessee hospital dedicated solely to caring for women and children.
For more information about Kids Express and other children’s services at TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s hospital, visit TriStarHealth.com and select TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s or call TriStar MedLine® at (615) 342-1919.
Celebrating 44 years of providing quality healthcare to Nashville, Middle Tennessee and the surrounding region, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is a 657-bed comprehensive facility offering medical and surgical programs including behavioral health, 24-hour emergency, heart and vascular, imaging, neurosciences, oncology, orthopaedics, pediatrics, rehabilitation, sleep disorder, and women’s services. An affiliate of TriStar Health, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is home to TriStar Centennial Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s, TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center, as well as TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion, one of the oldest and largest full-service psychiatric facilities in the region. Round-the-clock care is also available at TriStar Ashland City, a critical access hospital in nearby Cheatham County. The new TriStar Emergency Room located in Spring Hill will provide 24-hour emergency care for nearby Spring Hill, Tenn., and surrounding communities when it opens in 2013. For more information about the services offered and health plans accepted by TriStar Centennial Medical Center or TriStar Health, call TriStar MedLine® at (615) 342-1919 or (800) 242-5662, or visit TriStarHealth.com and choose TriStar Centennial Medical Center. TriStar Centennial Medical Center is located at 2300 Patterson Street in Nashville.