Cincinnati Children's Establishes Medical Hotline

Monday, September 12, 2005

CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center has established a hotline for children displaced by Hurricane Katrina who have come to the Cincinnati area and need medical care.

Families of children who need primary care; referral to a community pediatrician; treatment for a chronic condition, such as asthma or diabetes; treatment for a non-emergency mental health need; or have any other non–emergency medical need can call 513-636-2500 from 9 am to 4 pm weekdays. These children will receive priority as Cincinnati Children's coordinates their care.

Displaced families whose children need emergency care should call either 911 or bring their children to the Cincinnati Children's emergency department. For emergency mental health needs, call 513-558-8888.

Cincinnati Children's setup this hotline to connect families to a medical home as long as they are in the Cincinnati area and to ensure that those children with special health-care needs do not have to go on a waiting list to receive care. The hotline will remain in place indefinitely.

Cincinnati Children's also has approximately 150 employees who stand ready to travel to the Gulf area to assist in relief efforts if requested to do so by authorities who are already on the ground and coordinating onsite efforts. These employees include physicians, nurses and administrative staff.

Cincinnati Children's is a 423-bed institution devoted to bringing the world the joy of healthier kids. Cincinnati Children's is dedicated to transforming the way health care is delivered by providing care that is timely, efficient, effective, family-centered, equitable and safe. It ranks third nationally among all pediatric centers in research grants from the National Institutes of Health. The Cincinnati Children's vision is to be the leader in improving child health.

Contact Information

Jim Feuer, jim.feuer@cchmc.org, 513-636-4656