Cincinnati Children’s will help Niswonger Children’s Hospital provide specialized services to patients and families in the four-state region of Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Southeastern Kentucky and Western North Carolina through its newly announced affiliation agreement.

“We are looking forward to working with our colleagues at Niswonger Children’s to enhance existing healthcare capabilities and address specific unmet needs for patients and families in the region,” says Arnold Strauss, MD, chief medical officer, Cincinnati Children’s and director, Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation.

Located in Johnson City, TN, Niswonger is a 69-bed hospital that serves more than 200,000 children in a 29-county region. It is operated by the not-for-profit healthcare organization Mountain States Health Alliance.

Cincinnati Children’s will provide the following specialized services:

  • Create and manage a dedicated onsite hospitalist program, work closely with clinical faculty from East Tennessee State University’s (ETSU) James H. Quillen College of Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics. A hospitalist is a physician who specializes in the care of hospitalized patients. The program will, for the first time, devote dedicated resources to this specialty. It will also focus on quality improvement, standardization of best practices, patient safety and driving down costs.
  • Electronic interpretation of electroencephalograms (Tele-EEGs) by pediatric neurophysiologists to diagnose epilepsy and other neurological disorders.

“This affiliation will not only help us improve the care we can offer at Niswonger Children’s Hospital, but it will also allow us to keep more children close to home for their care,” says Steven Godbold, Mountain States Health Alliance vice president and CEO of Niswonger Children’s Hospital. “We’re excited to be able to tap into the clinical expertise of such a world-renowned organization to benefit children and families right here at home.”