Enhancing access to pediatric health care

Humber River Hospital (HRH) has joined a group of partners created to help families better navigate pediatric care closer to home.

“We look forward to collaborating with Kids Health Alliance partners to access leading-edge research, expertise and knowledge that enhances the exceptional care we are providing for our patients,” says Dr. Leon Rivlin, Chief, Emergency Department at HRH.

North America’s first digital hospital, HRH is also the first hospital to implement a command centre to manage hospital systems, services and workflows. As one of Canada’s largest acute-care hospitals, it operates one of the country’s busiest emergency departments.  “We look forward to sharing Humber’s innovative approaches to care, leveraging the Alliance’s research and expertise to enhance access to exceptional care, closer to home, for our patients,” Rivlin says.

Humber joints the Alliance’s founding member hospitals: The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario – and current community hospital partners – Markham Stouffville Hospital, Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital and Pembroke Regional Hospital.

“Children, youth and their families have told us how complicated it can be to navigate a poorly-coordinated and fragmented system. That’s why we founded Kids Health Alliance,” says Dr. Michael Apkon, Executive Chair of Kids Health Alliance and President and CEO of SickKids.

At HRH, the partnership will initially focus on enhancing pediatric care through the emergency department before broadening scope to include its neonatal intensive care unit and inpatient pediatric care areas.

HRH President and CEO Barbara Collins highlights the hospital’s use of technology and innovation, such as the introduction of Pepper, a humanoid robot, which accompanies children to the operating room to reduce anxiety, and the hospital’s Totally Kidz After-hours Clinic, designed to complement care and offer follow-up for children and youth following treatment in the hospital’s emergency department.


Humber River Hospital Joins Kids Health Alliance. From left: Dr. Michael Apkon, President and CEO, SickKids, Julia Hanigsberg, President and CEO, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Barb Collins, President and CEO, Humber River Hospital, Pepper the Robot, Andrew Alguram, Patient, Humber River Hospital, Lauren Ettin, Executive Director, Kids Health Alliance, Alex Munter, President and CEO, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. (CNW Group/Humber River Hospital).



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