MIAMI CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL RECEIVES OPTUMHEALTHSM CENTER OF EXCELLENCE DESIGNATION FOR PEDIATRIC BMT TRANSPLANTATION AND NICU
Miami, FL, April 16, 2010 – Miami Children's Hospital today announced it has been named a Center of Excellence (COE) by OptumHealth Care Solutions (OptumHealth), one of the nation’s largest health and wellness companies. A COE designation is given to those medical centers combining superior clinical care with excellent patient support. COE networks provide members with access to superior medical centers at industry-leading discounts for organ and bone marrow transplantation, cancer, congenital heart disease, neonatology, bariatric surgery and infertility treatment.
“We selected Miami Children's Hospital because it represents a commitment to patients during some of the most critical points of care whether they are living with cancer, heart disease, are in need of a transplant or their newborn has intensive care needs,” said Chris Pricco, chief operations officer for OptumHealth, which oversees the COE program. “We commend Miami Children's Hospital for its excellence in providing this level of quality in the care of patients.”
“We are grateful to have received this designation as it reflects OptumHealth’s support of our mission to provide quality care that is accessible to people facing serious medical challenges while also highlighting our joint commitment to help people live their lives to the fullest,” said Dr. John Fort, Director of Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, Miami Children's Hospital.
About Miami Children's Hospital
Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Miami Children's Hospital® is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with more than 650 attending physicians and over 130 pediatric sub-specialists. The 289-bed hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with several specialty programs ranked among the best in the nation in 2008 and 2009 by U.S.News & World Report. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor.
OptumHealth Inc. helps individuals navigate the health care system, finance their health care needs and achieve their health and well-being goals. The company's personalized health advocacy and engagement programs tap a unique combination of capabilities that encompass public sector solutions, care solutions, behavioral solutions, specialty benefits and financial services. Serving nearly 60 million people, OptumHealth is one of the nation's largest health and wellness businesses, and is a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company. More information about OptumHealth can be found at www.optumhealth.com.