Children’s Hospital Central California and Saint Agnes Medical Center enjoy a long-standing partnership of caring for newborns with special needs. Working in conjunction with Saint Agnes, Children’s has managed and staffed a satellite Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Saint Agnes for nearly 25 years. During this time, the Central Valley’s birth rate has continued to rise, and with it has come a dramatic increase in high-risk pregnancies and complex newborn care, for which additional services are needed.
To meet this need, Children’s Hospital and Saint Agnes have entered into a collaborative agreement to develop a dedicated maternal child health program that will expand access to perinatologists – physicians specially trained to care for mothers and fetuses of high-risk pregnancies. Two perinatalogists have been hired and will begin providing services in July. They are Drs. Armando Fuentes and Beni Adeniji.
Dr. Fuentes comes to the partnership from Florida Hospital in Orlando, where he was Medical Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine. Dr. Fuentes brings nearly 25 years of experience in the area of obstetrics and gynecology.
Dr. Adeniji comes from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he is completing a fellowship in maternal fetal medicine. Prior to his fellowship, Dr. Adeniji worked as an obstetrician and gynecologist in the Visalia area.
“Formalizing a plan of growth in partnership with Children’s Hospital is in many ways an obvious next step for Saint Agnes,” says Thomas Anderson, CEO of Saint Agnes. “We have enjoyed an excellent working relationship and know firsthand that Children’s shares our values and commitment to patient safety and excellence.”
Both organizations bring award-winning care to the partnership. Children’s Hospital is noted for having consistently better outcomes for neonates under 1,500 grams, based on comparable centers in the state, and the NICU was recognized by Advance for Nurses as the Best Nursing Team for 2009. On average, babies who come to Children’s NICU are more seriously ill than those going to other NICUs in California, yet Children’s has better results when compared to its regional peers. Saint Agnes is recognized among the top 5% of hospitals in the nation for Maternity Care by HealthGrades, and has been awarded its Maternity Care Excellence Award™ four years in a row (2007-2010).
“Through this partnership with Saint Agnes, we will now be able to offer care from the moment a high-risk pregnancy is identified through birth, which will further enhance the care we provide into childhood and up to adulthood,” says William F. Haug, former President and CEO of Children’s Hospital. “It’s an important and valuable addition to the outstanding care we offer the children of Central California.”
About Children’s Hospital Central California
Children’s Hospital is the premier pediatric medical center located in the heart of the Golden State. Situated on a 50-acre campus, the 340-bed, not-for-profit, state-of-the-art hospital treats more inpatients than any pediatric hospital north of San Diego, making it the second largest children’s hospital in the state and one of the 10 largest hospitals of its type in the nation. The first pediatric hospital west of the Rockies to receive Magnet Nursing designation, Children’s is honored to have earned what is the highest nursing benchmark in the world. More than 9,000 pediatric surgeries are performed annually, and the Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Units have some of the lowest mortality rates in the country while treating some of the sickest kids. The Craycroft Cancer Center is a full member of the nationally recognized Children’s Oncology Group (COG), and sees more than 100 new cases a year. The Willson Heart Center has pioneered pediatric heart care for half a century.
About Saint Agnes Medical Center
Saint Agnes Medical Center is a member of Trinity Health, the fourth largest Catholic healthcare system in the United States. Its commitment to meeting Central California’s healthcare needs dates back to 1929, when it first opened its doors in Fresno. Now 80 years later, the 436-bed hospital enjoys a strong reputation for its delivery of high quality, compassionate care and is highly respected for its clinical and service excellence. From emergency, diagnostic, surgical and rehabilitative services to state-of-the-art cardiac, cancer, neuro and orthopaedic care, Saint Agnes combines the most advanced equipment and technology with the expertise of top-ranked physicians and staff to meet the Valley’s growing and diverse healthcare needs.