The Children’s Medical Center of Dayton announced plans to grow its specialty physician staff over the next two years in an effort to improve access to key specialty clinics. This competitive access plan, approved by Dayton Children’s board of trustees last month, indicates a significant investment to reduce the wait time for new patient appointments.
The plan calls for recruiting nine pediatric specialists to augment current staff in endocrinology, gastroenterology, neurology, and pulmonary medicine. The goal with such a recruitment effort is to achieve a wait time of no more than 10 calendar days for new patients referred to these specialties.
“Based on current volumes, we need to increase the number of specialists in these areas to reduce the wait times for new patients. Our board recognized the importance of improving access and determined this strategic investment in recruiting additional pediatric specialists would enable us to better meet the pediatric health needs of our region,” said Gregory Ramey, PhD, vice president of outpatient services.
To achieve this goal, Dayton Children’s has strengthened its recruitment effort, offering more competitive salaries and benefits, focusing on specific career needs of recruits, and communicating the many things our region has to offer, Ramey said.
“We are so pleased the board has allocated the resources to make sure we are here for the kids of our region. They deserve quicker access to specialty care right here,” Ramey said.
Ten-day wait time for a new patient visit was achieved only 35 percent of the time last quarter of fiscal 2011, which is consistent with national trends. The average wait time was 45 days during that period. The goal of this initiative is to achieve 10-day access 100 percent of the time.
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