The faculty and staff at Brenner Children’s Hospital care for children with many different types of medical problems. But when a single child has especially complex issues that evade diagnosis, they turn to Savithri Nageswaran. Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Savithri heads the collaborative care program—a new effort at Wake Forest Baptist to coordinate multi-provider care for children with complex medical conditions who have yet to receive a diagnosis.
When a child is admitted to the program, Savithri and her team begin by analyzing all of the child’s medical records and creating a summary report that aggregates all the efforts and observations made by the child’s care providers—from specialists, to primary care physicians, to the child’s own parents. Then Savithri leads a meeting with all the relevant care providers where they discuss the summary report and assign action items for each person. Thus far, nearly every child admitted to the program has received a diagnosis and, as a result, seen significant improvements in their quality of life. The collaborative care program has received national recognition and several other medical centers have begun their own programs based on the efforts here at Wake Forest Baptist.
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