Shands to shift pediatrics from AGH back to Shands


Published: Friday, January 18, 2008 at 5:14 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 18, 2008 at 5:14 p.m.

Shands HealthCare will relocate pediatric services at Shands AGH to Shands

UF, CEO Tim Goldfarb has announced.

Meantime, Shands AGH will return to its role as an adult hospital, Goldfarb

said.

"We have decided to reconsolidate pediatrics back here (at Shands UF) and

then shift more adult services over to AGH," Goldfarb said Friday

afternoon.

Goldfarb indicated that employees were notified of the change by e-mail

Thursday evening.

Shands moved a substantial portion of its children's services into AGH in

October 2006. The change represented a new phase in the life of the

367-bed community hospital, which opened its doors in 1928.

Goldfarb said that splitting pediatric services between locations at AGH

and UF "was not the most effective way to utilize AGH as a community

asset."

"This is not about closure of the hospital," he said. "Nobody is going to

lose their job, and we're not talking about layoffs."

Rather, it is a matter of making the best use of the facilities, according

to Goldfarb.

He said that he and Dr. Bruce Kone, dean of the College of Medicine, had

been working on an alternative plan since last summer.

"We have come up with what we believe will be a better way," he said.

Clinical faculty members reported that they were exhausted by the increased

demands on their time, according to Goldfarb. Faculty also had suggested

that residents in training found the split plan too demanding, "and that it

could result in not getting as strong a group of residents in the future."

Goldfarb added that the volume of pediatric business (at AGH) has never

met expectations in terms of numbers.

"We've dedicated a lot of resources to the care of not many patients," he

said.

The CEO declined to give details of planned changes Friday, saying he

would be meeting with physicians involved next week.

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