Memorial Health and Novant Health Announce Partnership for Freestanding Children's Hospital

(December 18, 2013) - Officials with Memorial Health announced today a partnership with Novant Health to establish a freestanding children's hospital in Savannah. The new facility will be named The Children's Hospital of Savannah.

This partnership is a $28 million project that will consolidate pediatric services in the building that currently houses Memorial's Rehabilitation Institute. The new children's hospital will house all pediatric inpatient units, pediatric intensive care unit, a two-room surgical suite, pediatric ancillary services, a 24-hour emergency department dedicated exclusively to children, and family support space. The two organizations will share strategic planning and governance. Memorial will continue to manage operations and provide executive leadership for The Children's Hospital of Savannah.

"Since 1992, Memorial has been the leader in children's healthcare in southeast Georgia," said Maggie Gill, president and CEO of Memorial Health. "This collaboration will create a new and unique presence for our children's hospital, bringing together more than 20 pediatric subspecialties under a single roof."

"We are excited to partner with Memorial Health to grow clinical services and create a destination location for children's healthcare," said Carl S. Amato president and CEO of Novant Health. "This partnership demonstrates our ongoing support of Memorial Health and Savannah."

The Children's Hospital provides care for approximately 65,000 children each year; more than 6,500 are inpatient admissions. There are approximately 44 general pediatricians and 35 subspecialists who treat patients at Memorial. Pediatric subspecialties include pediatric cardiology, pediatric critical care, pediatric endocrinology, pediatric ENT, pediatric gastroenterology, pediatric hematology/oncology, pediatric neurology, pediatric neurosurgery, pediatric surgery, pediatric urology, and others. The Children's Hospital also includes the region's only Level III neonatal intensive care nursery, staffed around the clock by board-certified neonatologists. Specialized support services for children including child life specialists and pet therapy are available as well.

Memorial's Rehabilitation Institute inpatient services will continue to be a valuable and much needed service for patients in our region. These programs will relocate to the third floor of Memorial's main hospital building.

Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital, a 622-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary and specialty care physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center. You can follow us at facebook.com/memorialhealth, twitter.com/mymemorial, and youtube.com/memorialhealth.

Novant Health is a four-state integrated system of physician practices, outpatient centers and hospitals that deliver a seamless and convenient healthcare experience to our communities. The Novant Health network consists of more than 1,100 physicians and 24,000 employees who make healthcare remarkable at more than 450 locations including 14 medical centers, three hospitals, and hundreds of outpatient facilities and physician clinics. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, NC, Novant Health is committed to making healthcare remarkable for our patients and our communities serving over four million patients annually. In 2012, Novant Health provided more than $545 million in community benefit including charity care and services. Novant Health is one of the top 25 integrated health systems in the United States and was named a top 50 Best Places for Diverse & Women Managers to Work by Diversity MBA Magazine.