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Duke Children’s Joins National Children’s Hospitals Group

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DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center has been selected for membership in the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI).

NACHRI is a non-profit organization that promotes the health and well-being of children through its network of 196 children's hospitals and health centers. NACHRI membership is granted by the association's board of trustees after review and acceptance of an institution's application and necessary supporting information.

As a NACHRI member, Duke Children's will participate in national programs to increase public awareness of children's health requirements, to collect and disseminate information useful to fellow members and to enhance cost-efficiency and quality.

"The new membership of Duke Children's Hospital and Health Center in NACHRI is an important step forward for pediatrics at Duke, as another indication of the national reputation of our programs for children," said Joseph St. Geme, M.D., chair of Duke's Department of Pediatrics. "NACHRI has a large staff who will be allies in our efforts to provide cutting-edge pediatric health care and to participate in programs related to advocacy, public policy and education for youth."

Duke Children's is one of the largest health care providers for children in the Southeast. It provides comprehensive care in more than 25 pediatric specialties, ranging from common allergies and infectious diseases to leukemias, unusual brain tumors, and complex genetic disorders.

In addition to workshops on special topics, NACHRI holds an annual meeting of members in the fall and a spring conference offering interdisciplinary professional tracks and training. The National Association of Children's Hospitals (NACH) organizes numerous Capitol Hill lobbying days and policy-oriented meetings throughout the year.

"We welcome Duke Children's Hospital and Health Center to the family of care givers devoted to improving the health of children, and we look forward to its active involvement," said NACHRI President and CEO Lawrence McAndrews. "Because of their focus on children, institutions like Duke Children's Hospital and Health Center are able to identify emerging trends and problems associated with the health of children and to develop treatment programs drawing on the expertise of pediatric researchers and practitioners."

Duke Children's Hospital is a self-contained "hospital within a hospital" on the fifth floor of Duke Hospital. It contains state-of-the-art pediatric and neonatal intensive care facilities. The McGovern-Davison Children's Health Center, adjacent to Duke Hospital, provides a variety of specialized pediatric services. Facilities include dedicated cardiology, pulmonary, endoscopy-bronchoscopy, perioperative suites and a day hospital, among other resources.

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