Nemours to invest in three new facilities in Pa.
WILMINGTON — As part of a $40 million investment in the Delaware Valley, Nemours Children’s Health is adding three specialty care sites in southeastern Pennsylvania in the next two years.
The Wilmington pediatric health system is opening services in the Price Medical building on its Jefferson Abington Hospital campus this month in Abington, relocating services from Willow Grove. Two other locations will be added in Broomhall and Malvern, including building a two-story structure.
“Nemours Children’s Health has been dedicated to serving the patients and families of southeastern Pennsylvania for more than 25 years,” Nemours Delaware Valley Chief Executive and Executive Vice President Mark Mumford said in a statement. “We are proud to announce these new sites as we further our commitment to providing high-quality care in the community to help create the healthiest generations of children.”
Nemours relocating its services to the Abington Hospital strengthens the two health care providers’ relationship, as Nemours is the hospital’s pediatric partner. Specialties offered will include cardiology (pediatric and fetal), endocrinology, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, nutrition, orthopedics, and pulmonology.
In Spring 2023, Nemours will relocate services from Bryn Mawr and Newton Square to Nemours’ facility in Broomhall. The 19,000 square-foot building will be leased by Nemours for a state-of-the-art outpatient pediatric specialty care facility, which will include diagnostic services and 14 medical and surgical specialties, as well as physical, occupational and speech therapies.
Construction on Nemours’ third location—a two-story structure in Malvern —should end by winter 2024. THat facility will be and ambulatory surgery facility and comprehensive pediatric care center offering 22 medical and surgical specialties. The location will also feature a sleep center, as well as physical, occupational and speech therapies.
Pauline Corso, senior vice president and chief operating officer for Nemours Children’s Health, Delaware Valley, told the Delaware Business Times that existing staff from Nemours locations will be moved when these new facilities open, but eventually new hires will be added, although the exact number is unclear.
“To better meet the needs of the community, the new sites at Abington and Broomall are replacements for existing, smaller locations,” she said in an email. “Nemours does anticipate needing to recruit additional associates to meet the needs of patients and families in the area. The Malvern location will require the largest recruitment for physicians, providers and support teams.”
Nemours Children’s Hospital has a national presence with 260 licensed beds in Orlando, Fla., and in the Delaware Valley, its facility in the First State is the only children’s hospital. It also offers the only level IV NICU in Delaware, with on-site, pediatric-specific cardiovascular surgery, general surgery and anesthesiology.
Earlier this month, Main Line Hospital announced it would end its pediatric care and services from nemours to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. But in recent years in the First State, Nemours has solidified partnerships with many health care systems.
“For decades, Nemours Children’s Health has been providing high-quality pediatric primary, specialty, ambulatory, and hospital services to children in the Delaware Valley. Nemours has provided care in Pennsylvania for more than 25 years,” Corso said. “We are committed to the children and families of southeastern Pa. and have worked closely with Main Line Health System to ensure an orderly transition. The recent investment in these new sites reflects Nemours’ dedication to caring for southeastern PA children for many years to come.”
Last year, Bayhealth added a new pediatric center to its Sussex Campus to better serve patients in southern Delaware. In 2018, Nemours estimated that it treated 29,488 children from both Kent and Sussex County at its Wilmington campus.
In September 2021, Beebe Healthcare signed an agreement with Nemours to start rotating at least five hospitalists in Beebe’s emergency department, inpatient pediatric unit and labor and delivery department. Nemours also provides consultations in Beebe’s emergency department 24/7, as well as collaborations with Beebe’s neonatal nurse practitioners on high-risk deliveries.
Sixty percent of Nemours patients — all under the age of 17 — come for treatment at the Wilmington Campus from Chester and Delaware counties in Pennsylvania or New Castle County. Another 30% come from Kent and Sussex counties as well as other areas of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The region represents roughly 2.3 million children.
Nemours Children’s is committed to the whole health of the child and has set out to change children’s health for good,” Corso added. “These investments in the Delaware Valley ensure that Nemours’ flagship state-of-the-art Children’s Hospital in Wilmington can continue to provide a full array of world-class primary, urgent, specialty and advanced pediatric services to its surrounding community and beyond.”