Brandon Regional Hospital September 18, 2014

Brandon, FL – Brandon Regional Hospital and All Children’s Specialty Physicians will work together to increase the care provided to newborns and high-risk expectant mothers at Brandon Regional Hospital. Neonatologists and maternal-fetal medicine physicians from All Children’s Specialty Physicians join Brandon Regional Hospital’s medical staff, expanding the specialized care offered to high-risk mothers and infants who require Level III neonatal care – the highest licensed level for neonatal service in Florida.

“We are honored that physicians of the caliber of All Children’s Specialty Physicians will now offer their expertise to the patients of Brandon Regional Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit and maternal-fetal medicine program,” said Bland Eng, CEO, Brandon Regional Hospital. “All Children’s Hospital is known all over Florida’s west coast for pediatric care and their skilled physicians will enhance the level of care at our hospital, as well as provide convenient access to these services to the residents of Eastern Hillsborough County.”

The experience of All Children’s Hospital Specialty Physicians includes caring for children throughout the west coast of Florida, and bringing this advanced level of experience to Brandon Regional Hospital enables staff to become knowledgeable and experienced in the latest neonatal procedures, tests, treatments and best practices. For instance, nurses are being trained on the placement of PICC lines (peripheral inserted central catheters) in the neonatal unit, and All Children’s Hospital will implement telehealth for educational purposes in the NICU, enhancing the delivery of care.

“Patients will benefit from the addition of 24-hour, onsite neonatology physicians on staff," said Francisco Ojeda, MD a neonatologist with All Children’s Specialty Physician. “We offer a more involved family-centered care and team approach. Parents are involved in the care and the decision making and are with the physician when the physician rounds on their baby,” he added.

This latest development not only strengthens the Level II and Level III neonatal care that has been available at Brandon for many years, but also augments the service offered in Brandon’s Pediatric ER and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

“At All Children’s Hospital, we feel it is our responsibility and commitment to the community to provide the best care for our youngest patients with complex conditions,” said Jonathan Ellen, M.D., president and physician in chief at All Children's Hospital and professor of pediatrics and vice dean, All Children's Hospital at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “The NICU at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, is nationally recognized and meets the America Academy of Pediatrics Level IV standards. The addition of our neonatology and maternal-fetal medicine team at Brandon Regional Hospital, and all our affiliate sites, allows us to provide that exceptional care closer to home for babies in the Tampa Bay area.”