Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health has added nearly 50 Indianapolis-area pediatricians to its children's health care network. Chief Executive Officer Jeff Sperring says the move is part of an effort to improve child health care by meeting families “in their own backyard.”
January 31, 2014
Indianapolis, Ind. — From annual physicals to vaccines, a growing number of families can claim a new partner in their journey to support the everyday health care needs of their children: Riley Physicians.
Introduced last summer by Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, Riley Physicians is currently comprised of more than 150 pediatricians spanning a diverse set of practices from across central Indiana. Now, Riley Physicians is announcing a new collaboration with a prominent group of private pediatric practices—Indiana Pediatrics—a move that brings nearly 50 Indianapolis-area pediatricians into the children's health care network.
“Our mission is to improve the health of all Indiana children and their families,” said Dr. Jeff Sperring, President and CEO of Riley at IU Health. “We recognized that in order to fully deliver on that promise, we needed to expand beyond the walls of our downtown hospital and meet families in their own backyard.”
Riley at IU Health will continue providing the complex specialty care for which it is known. At the same time, it will continue working aggressively to keep kids healthy and out of the hospital by expanding Riley Physicians, designed to expertly address the primary care needs of Indiana’s 1.5 million children.
“Riley Physicians will meet the quality, safety, educational and care standards families have come to expect from Indiana’s only nationally ranked children's hospital,” said Dr. Paul Haut, Riley at IU Health Chief Medical Officer. “We will also work collaboratively to develop new standards that will further impact the health of our state’s children.”
A key goal of Riley Physicians is to help families find their way to the most appropriate health care provider to address their child’s unique needs. Constipation, for example, is typically best initially handled by pediatricians versus highly skilled gastrointestinal specialists unless otherwise indicated. However, oftentimes the opposite happens, which can equal long wait times in specialty clinics.
Riley Physicians launched as a partnership between Riley at IU Health, IU Health Physicians, IU School of Medicine and statewide affiliates IU Health Arnett, Ball Memorial and Bloomington hospitals. Its newest members, private-practice pediatricians from Indiana Pediatrics, will retain the practice names that families are familiar with.
A list of the Indiana Pediatrics practices that have joined Riley Physicians is available here http://iuhealth.org/rileyphysicians/ and below:
Pediatric Associates of Avon
Toya Corbitt, MD
Timothy Eisenhut, MD
Gary Halberstadt, DO
Indianapolis Independent Pediatricians
Penny W. Kallmyer, MD
James F. Leland, MD
Lynda C. McCollum, MD
Claudia J. Somes, MD
Mark Stein, MD
Step by Step Pediatrics
Eric Yancy, MD
About Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health For more than 85 years, Riley at IU Health has been one of the nation’s leading children’s hospitals. Each year, Riley at IU Health provides compassionate care, support and comfort to 215,000 inpatients and outpatients from across Indiana, the nation and the world. Part of Indiana University Health, Riley at IU Health enjoys a unique partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine, giving our highly skilled physicians access to innovative treatments using the latest research and technology.
Source: Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health