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February 7, 2012
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

Upstate Golisano recognized by national association

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital has been accepted by The National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) as a full-voting institutional member.

NACHRI’s 221 members and supporters serve as a collective voice for health systems devoted to the well being of America’s 88 million children and their families. NACHRI’s mission is to keep children’s health a national priority.

“Participation in NACHRI offers us a vast communications network with people who understand children: their needs, their treatment and the financing of their care,” said Leola Rodgers, MPH, associate administrator of the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. “We look forward to bringing our leadership and special insights to the association and joining in the imperative for stronger advocacy on behalf of all children.”

Upstate University Hospital has been a supporting member of NACHRI since 2003 when the hospital’s daily average pediatric inpatient population numbered 45. Since Upstate opened the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in 2009, the daily average inpatient census has reached more than 50, enabling it to achieve the status of a full-voting institutional member. In addition, the hospital is in its second-year as a participant in the NACHRI-sponsored Catheter-Associated Blood Stream Infection Collaborative that seeks to eliminate catheter-associated blood stream infections among hospitalized pediatric patients.

The Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital provides comprehensive, seamless and innovative patient- and family-centered health care to children of Central New York and surrounding areas. It offers a full range of general and specialty pediatric services in a child-friendly and modern facility. Last year the hospital received 100,000 patient visits and treated more than 4,000 inpatients.

NACHRI’s members include children’s hospitals, large pediatric units of medical centers and related organizations, including those that specialize in rehabilitative and long-term care of children with serious chronic or congenital illnesses. Its primary roles are advocacy for children and children’s hospitals, public policy analysis, education for its members and the public and research.

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