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Q&A with Dana Bledsoe, President of Nemours Children’s Hospital Orlando

by Sean Ruck, Contributing Editor | April 04, 2017
From the April 2017 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

HCB News: What are your hospital’s key areas of focus and has that changed over the past few years, or do you believe it will be changing in any way?
One key area we currently focus on that will remain a priority is the development and advancement of programmatic offerings. We will continue to bring in new services such as pediatric interventional radiology. There are only 100 pediatric fellowship-trained interventional radiologists in the country and we have three. We will continue to build on this internationally recognized program. Another area we’re highly focused on is tele-health. We were the first pediatric system to launch a tele-health app. I’ve personally used it as a mother, so I can talk about it from both sides. We also use tele-health technology to support our hospital partners. Additionally, we partner with schools to back up the school nurses. It’s wonderful technology and allows for keeping children and their families as close to home as clinically safe.

HCB News: Is there any state-of-the-art technology — either medical equipment, or health IT technology at Nemours — that you’d like to talk about?

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HCB News: Do your patients ever inspire changes in your facility?
There’s probably a number of things they have inspired. The one that immediately comes to mind is the prom we hold for our patients. Gowns are donated, a makeup artist comes in and does their makeup, there’s a red carpet and great music. We want children to have the chance to experience their prom and we do what we can to make it happen

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