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This report is provided in fulfillment of the requirements of IRS Notice 2011-52 addressing the Community Health Needs Assessment [CHNA] for charitable hospitals in section 501(r). This report is written in reliance upon the April 3, 2013, IRS issued proposed regulations on these CHNA requirements (formal publication on April 5, 2013), the most recent guidelines as of September 1, 2013.
CHNA Implementation Strategies is a companion piece to the September 30, 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment Report by Cook Children's Medical Center [CCMC] and Cook Children’s Northeast Hospital [CCNH]. It describes the implementation strategies being undertaken by Cook Children’s as approved by the respective Boards of Trustees for each organization effective September 30, 2013.
Cook Children's Health Care System is the country's leading vertically integrated pediatric healthcare organization. Cook Children's represents an award-winning, not-for-profit system of seamless healthcare across the continuum of medical care and service, designed to fulfill our promise for children: Knowing that every child's life is sacred, it is the promise of Cook Children's to improve the health of every child in our region through the prevention and treatment of illness, disease and injury.
The system has eleven separate corporate entities focused on this promise – two of which are charitable hospitals as defined by the relevant regulations: Cook Children's Medical Center [CCMC] and Cook Children's Northeast Hospital [CCNH].
Based in Fort Worth, Texas, CCMC and CCNH share a contiguous six-county primary service area [PSA] in North Central Texas: Denton, Hood, Johnson, Parker, Tarrant and Wise counties. This PSA provides 80.2% of the inpatient admissions to these two hospitals. The remaining 19.8% comes from 122-counties outside of the Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex comprising a geographic referral area of approximately one-half of the state.
Cook Children’s Medical Center has a nationally recognized, award winning facility. Magnet designated, licensed by the State of Texas it is accredited by The Joint Commission. Cook Children’s is known nation-wide for its excellence in quality and safety and has a distinguished reputation for providing extraordinary care and achieving positive outcomes in its neurology, neurosurgery, cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, hematology and oncology, neonatology, and pulmonology programs.
The medical center is licensed for 457 beds, making it one of the largest children’s hospitals in the country. CCMC offers advanced technological equipment, leading surgical techniques, rehabilitation facilities and ancillary services designed to meet the special needs of children including a Level IV NICU staffed with a team of neonatologists and specialists combining expertise with the latest technology to provide the highest level of neonatal care available.
Additionally, the campus boasts a professional and highly skilled staff of nurses, technologists, therapists and other clinicians, as well as more than 600 physicians and dentists who provide primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary levels of pediatric care. Child Life specialists, Chaplains, teachers, social services coordinators and translators help patients and families cope with the stressors that accompany a child’s hospitalization. Cook Children's designated level II Trauma Center is staffed and equipped to provide comprehensive emergency medical services to patients suffering traumatic injuries 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Cook Children’s Northeast Hospital is located in northeast Tarrant County and provides convenient and comprehensive medical care for children and adolescents requiring urgent care, diagnostic imaging (including MRI and CT) and day surgery with overnight stays available. In 2011, the Northeast Hospital saw more than 47,000 patients compared to approximately 35,000 its first year operating as a hospital. This is a growth of 13 percent in the past five years.
The hospital has a growing list of surgical services that meet both inpatient and outpatient needs, and all surgical services are performed by pediatric-trained doctors. This child-friendly facility includes a dedicated Child Life specialist. Cook Children’s Northeast Hospital is licensed by the State of Texas and accredited by The Joint Commission.
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