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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 1:00 am

Briefs

Parkview, Cincinnati Children's teaming up

Staff and news services

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and Parkview Health announced Monday they are collaborating to expand pediatric care in cardiology, gastroenterology and general surgery to families in the Fort Wayne region.

The collaboration will include telehealth consultations that will allow a family and their Parkview physician to conduct a video conference with a specialty physician at Cincinnati Children's, allowing physicians to work together on a child's care plan.

This approach brings advanced care to patients, reducing or even eliminating the need for travel to receive care. For patients who require inpatient care at Cincinnati Children's, a coordinated approach for referrals and local follow-up appointments will streamline care, a statement from Parkview said.

Additionally, Cincinnati Children's will provide training to Parkview physicians and clinical teams and share best practices to improve patient outcomes. Examples include protocol sharing, access to education, case reviews and diagnostics.

“This collaboration is centered around the patient and giving them access to a higher level of care,” said Dr. Tom Miller, physician leader, of Parkview Women's & Children's Hospital. “We are now able to provide specialty care alongside the nation's No. 2 ranked children's hospital. Creating convenient access to skilled physicians at Cincinnati Children's who are leaders in their fields can make all the difference to a child battling illness.”

PHP names IU Health in-network provider

Physicians Health Plan of Northern Indiana and IU Health Fort Wayne have signed a contract making physicians at IU Health Fort Wayne in-network providers for PHP members.

“PHP works diligently to ensure our members have access to choices of in-network health care providers,” Keven Linker, PHP vice president of Informatics and provider contracting, said in a statement Monday: “Our recent contract with IU Health Fort Wayne opens the door for PHP members to seek treatment from IU Health Fort Wayne primary care providers.”

Needle-berry crisis grows Down Under

Public fears about sewing needles concealed inside strawberries on supermarket shelves have spread across Australia and New Zealand as growers turn to metal detectors and the Australian government launches an investigation to restore public confidence in the popular fruit.

The government of Queensland, the Australian state where the scare started last week, offered a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for inserting needles into strawberries after six brands were recalled.

The scare had spread across the nation by Monday, with needles reported found in strawberries in all six Australian states. No injuries have been reported

Tyson Foods chief stepping down

Tyson Foods, one of the largest meat producers in the world, announced Monday that its president and chief executive officer Tom Hayes will step down at the end of September for “personal reasons.”

Gary Mickelson, Tyson spokesman, did not elaborate on Hayes' resignation, but said, “there are no issues of personal conduct or integrity.”