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[March 20,2009]

The Children’s Hospital at Downstate Joins National Network of Children’s Hospitals

The Children’s Hospital at Downstate has been accepted for membership in The National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI). The Children’s Hospital at Downstate is a hospital within a hospital, part of SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s University Hospital of Brooklyn.

"Participation in NACHRI offers us a vast communications network with people who understand children: their needs, their treatment and the financing of their care," said Stanley Fisher, MD, professor and chair of pediatrics. "We look forward to bringing our leadership and special insights to the association and joining in the imperative for stronger advocacy on behalf of all children."

The Children’s Hospital at Downstate was admitted to the association as a full-voting institutional member, joining 217 members that include children's hospitals, large pediatric units of medical centers, and related organizations.

"We welcome The Children’s Hospital at Downstate to the family of care givers devoted to improving the health of children, and we look forward to its active involvement," said NACHRI President and CEO Lawrence A. McAndrews.

"Because of their singular focus on children, hospitals like The Children’s Hospital at Downstate are able to identify emerging trends and problems associated with the health of children and to develop treatment programs drawing on the expertise of pediatric researchers and practitioners."

While children’s hospitals represent less than five percent of all hospitals, they account for more than 40 percent of inpatient days and 50 percent of costs for all children hospitalized in the United States. Across the nation, children’s hospitals handle approximately 2.3 million emergency department visits and 13 million outpatient visits every year.

The Children’s Hospital at Downstate has approximately 1,700 pediatric admissions annually and 2,000 newborn deliveries. It makes use of 62 beds and includes a pediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU), step-down unit, a Level III neonatal ICU, and a transitional care nursery. The hospital handles referrals for advanced procedures, including pediatric surgery, neurosurgery, renal transplantation, and neonatal intensive care. Other special services include the Child Life Program, one of the first hospital-based pediatric programs to promote healing through play, and the Infant and Child Learning Center, one of the first in New York to serve children born with medical and development problems.  

Founded in 1968, NACHRI's primary roles are advocacy for children and children’s hospitals, public policy analysis, education for its members and the public, and research. The association maintains extensive data on children's health in general and descriptive data on all its members and the conditions they treat. Some of the issues NACHRI addresses include uninsured children, children dependent on Medicaid, injury prevention, child abuse and neglect, quality of care, patient safety and seriously ill children.

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SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, Colleges of Nursing and Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a Graduate Public Health Program, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and an Advanced Biotechnology Park and Biotechnology Incubator.

SUNY Downstate ranks ninth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools. More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.