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" It is our mission and our passion to take care
of children in our community, " said Dr. Shawn
Safford, division chief of pediatric surgery at
Penn State Health. He and other members of
the eight-person pediatric surgery group have
deep roots in central Pennsylvania. " We have
pediatric surgeons who could get jobs anywhere
in the world, and they have come back here
to serve in the region where they grew up. "
PEDIATRIC SURGEONS CONSULT WITH
PATIENTS WEEKLY IN LANCASTER
As part of the expansion of services in the
community, two Penn State Health pediatric
surgeons - Dr. Afif Kulaylat and Dr. Kathryn
Martin - consult with patients once a week
at Penn State Health Lime Spring Outpatient
Center in East Hempfield Township.
Penn State Health's pediatric surgery team
accommodates same-day appointments for
urgent cases Monday through Friday at its
Hershey location and weekly at the Lime
Spring Outpatient Center.
" Lancaster families who have children with
complex care needs can bundle their appointments
into one day and see multiple specialists
close to home, " Martin said.
Penn State Health's pediatric surgery team is
also available to answer pediatricians' questions,
and as Pennsylvania lifts COVID-19 restrictions,
they hope to offer in-person outreach
and educational seminars to pediatricians and
family doctors in Lancaster County.
" The child's physician knows them best, "
Safford said. " The closer our relationships are
with the pediatrician or family doctor, the better
we all are able to deliver care that is patient-,
family- and community-oriented. "
PA'S ONLY ACS-VERIFIED LEVEL 1
CHILDREN'S SURGERY CENTER
This team is part of the many pediatric
experts on the medical staff at Penn State
Health Children's Hospital in Hershey. The
region's only children's hospital is just a short
drive for most Lancaster County residents,
offering the care families need when and
where they need it.
The Children's Hospital is one of just 32 in
the nation and the only one in Pennsylvania to
be named a Level 1 Children's Surgery Center
as part of the American College of Surgeons
(ACS) Children's Surgery Verification Program.
To achieve Level 1 verification - the highest
level awarded by ACS - hospitals must meet
criteria related to staffing, training and facility
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infrastructure, and protocols for care, all to
handle the specific needs of children.
" This ACS recognition is significant because
it assures referring physicians, families and
patients that the patient is receiving the highest-quality
pediatric surgical care available, "
Kulaylat said. " It is a seal of approval based
on rigorous reviews of surgical outcomes,
the experience of the providers and the subspecialities
and support services available for
the surgical care of kids. Penn State Health
Children's Hospital is where I would want my
child to be treated. "
ACS verification is a continuous-improvement
process, so the Children's Hospital will
be up for its three-year ACS pediatric surgery
reverification in September 2021.
MORE SUPPORT TO COME
In spring 2022, families will have even more
options when the new Penn State Health
Lancaster Pediatric Center opens, offering
primary, specialty and surgical care to children
and teens, as well as radiology and laboratory
services. The new facility will be located at the
intersection of Harrisburg Pike and Route 30
in Manheim Township, the site of a former
Toys " R " Us retail store.

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