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This article was contributed by Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital Marketing Director Frankie Gallagher.

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital (HHMH) announced the finalization of a partnership with Pediatrix Medical Group of California, a MEDNAX affiliate that also provides services to Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose. Pediatric hospitalists from Pediatrix are expected to begin supporting women and children’s services at Hazel Hawkins as early as February 2019. 

Pediatrix and Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital will work together to establish a premier pediatric hospitalist program in Hollister, increasing community access to top-quality pediatric care. Pediatrix will provide highly trained hospital-based pediatric hospitalists to assist with high-risk newborn deliveries, help determine when a newborn requires transport out for critical care, and support the care of well newborns in the nursery, as well as inpatient children and teens. Pediatric hospitalists will also be on hand to provide onsite consultative services to attending medical staff and ER physicians and to help stabilize patients in emergency situations.

Pediatrix provides the same spectrum of pediatric services to Good Samarian Hospital in San Jose and to several other South Bay hospitals. Dr. Richard Powers, MEDNAX-affiliated neonatologist and chief of staff at Good Samaritan Hospital, will serve as the liaison between Good Samaritan and Hazel Hawkins and facilitate recruitment/staffing of pediatric hospitalists in Hollister.

Good Samaritan Hospital’s neonatology group has, for many years, assisted HHMH with the stabilization and transport of high-risk newborns, and supported physicians with telephone consultations.

“We have a long-standing relationship with Hazel Hawkins, built over the last 10 to 15 years, and this is the next step,” said Powers. “The importance of this program is placing quality physicians in the Hollister community to establish continuity of care.”

HHMH pursued a partnership with Pediatrix due to the need for full-time pediatric support at the hospital. Currently, most pediatricians in Hollister have established office-based practices and cannot staff the hospital.

“Pediatrix has a history and national reputation for providing excellent care to newborns and children,” said Ken Underwood, HHMH CEO. “This partnership will bring experience and vital support to our top-tier Women’s Center and ER, and to children admitted to Hazel Hawkins Hospital.”