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Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children Expands Access for Pediatric Surgery Through Affiliation with HealthONE Midtown Surgical Center

DENVER (August, 2015) –HealthONE’s Midtown Surgical Center has completed a formal affiliation with Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, expanding its system for high-quality pediatric surgery services through this new partnership.   

Since opening 20 years ago, Midtown Surgical Center at 1919 East 18th Avenue in Denver has provided outpatient surgical services for both adults and children.  The new affiliation with Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children brings an additional level of quality monitoring and expanded pediatric surgical services to this facility.

Numerous pediatric surgery specialists affiliated with Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children already provide pediatric surgery at the Midtown location, and all surgeries for children are performed with specially trained nurses and pediatric anesthesiologists.

The affiliation agreement is formal recognition of the quality of care, competency of the surgical support team, and recognition that all equipment and processes are specifically designed for pediatric patients.

Reggie Washington, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children led the affiliation assessment process.  "Partnering with Midtown Surgical Center provides pediatric infrastructure to assure the highest quality of surgical care pediatric patients receive,” said Dr. Washington.  "The affiliation agreement has guidelines for quality, staff training and pediatric readiness that are rigorously monitored to document quality.  Midtown Surgical Center both meets and exceeds our quality standards in all categories."

Lisa Foster, Midtown Surgical Center Administrator, adds, "Our affiliated doctors and staff are thrilled to be affiliated with Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children.  We have been providing outpatient surgery for pediatric patients since our Center opened 20 years ago, and our staff loves taking care of children.  This formal affiliation gives us even more tools for a great experience for our patients and for collaboration with our surgical colleagues in the hospital."

"The affiliation with Midtown Surgical Center is an exciting first.  We anticipate other opportunities for Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children to affiliate with additional HealthONE outpatient surgical centers to assure quality of surgical care for children and to increase access to surgical services in a convenient, patient friendly outpatient setting," said Maureen Tarrant, President and CEO of Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children.  "Also, these affiliations will bring accessible, cost-effective outpatient surgery into our entire system of high-quality services for children."

Theodore Stathos, MD, pediatric gastroenterologist has worked with Midtown Surgical Center for the past 20 years.  Dr. Stathos says, "Pediatric care at Midtown Surgical Center is at a standard that’s typically achieved only at a children's hospital such as Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. While not all pediatric gastrointestinal procedures can be done at Midtown Surgery Center due to the complexity of the illness of the patient, the procedures that we are able to accomplish at this facility are done with the utmost expertise and care for the patient.   Also, it's often more cost-effective for the families. "

HealthONE’s Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children

Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children (RMHC) at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center is a family-focused children’s hospital and the anchor facility for HealthONE’s system of pediatric care.  It is home to the majority of pediatric specialists and sub-specialists, providing the most complex care in the system.  It also houses the region’s largest Level IV neonatal intensive care unit, the most experienced high-risk maternal fetal program, and a specialized center for minimally invasive surgery for infants and children.