Shriners Hospitals for Children — Cincinnati is one of only four freestanding hospitals in the country dedicated to the treatment of pediatric burns and specializing in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Our physicians’ experience and expertise in pediatric burn treatment, cleft lip and palate, complex wound and skin conditions, and plastic and reconstructive surgery makes Shriners Hospitals for Children — Cincinnati a first choice for care.
During a child’s stay, we will do our best to help the family in every way. Our goal is to treat a child and to help the family adjust to the stress this injury has caused. Because children need love and emotional support from parents and families, we practice a “family-centered” approach to care.
We believe that all patients and families who come to this hospital have certain basic needs including the need for information, emotional support, and respect. We recognize that children need the love and emotional support of parents and family during the stressful time of hospitalization.
In recognition of all of these needs, we foster an environment that keeps parents and families close to the child and actively involved in meeting the individual needs of the child. The health care team and family develop a plan of care to meet the child’s physical, emotional, and developmental needs while in the hospital, and anticipate the family’s needs in continuing the child’s care at home.
Outpatient services provides follow-up care for patients discharged from the hospital. Appointments for our plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery services are also seen in the outpatient services department. This department also manages and evaluates new referrals for small burn injuries and congenital disorders. Our physicians, nurses, occupational/physical therapists, and care managers work together to carefully evaluate a child’s condition, manage a child’s progress, and develop a care plan that provides the best possible outcome for the child.
Outpatient services also manage the telemedicine program. This program allows patients a way to access our skilled clinical staff without traveling to Cincinnati.
What is telemedicine?
Shriners Hospitals for Children — Cincinnati provides live interactive video conferencing between the medical team at the hospital and the patient/family in their community.
Patients come to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Cincinnati from all over the world to receive care for a variety of conditions, but once they return home, it can be difficult for local physicians to provide follow-up care. The Telemedicine clinic lets our physicians, nurses, and therapists easily see how a patient is progressing without the patient and his or her family having to travel and take time away from home, school, and work. Time is saved, costs are streamlined, and patients and families experience improved health care quality and accessibility.
Staff members at the telemedicine site have video teleconferencing equipment compatible with that at Cincinnati. Telemedicine appointments allows patients and physicians to communicate in a live two-way interactive videoconference. Patients are able to see and talk with the physician directly through the TV. The private information travels directly across phone lines, more secure and dependable transmission than the Internet.
Through its use, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Cincinnati has been able to expand its reach from the Gulf Coast to the Canadian border, with remote sites in nearly a dozen cities including Twin Cities, MN.; Chicago, IL.; Peoria, IL.; Evansville, IN.; Terre Haute, IN.; Kansas City, MO.; St. Louis, MO.; Greenville, SC; Atlanta, GA.; and Tampa, FL.