$50K challenge grant offered to Nemours Children’s Health

MILFORD — Nemours Children’s Health and an anonymous donor are calling on the community to help fill a vital need for pediatric care in southern Delaware.

Later this year, Nemours will open the first full-service pediatric primary/specialty care center of its kind in Sussex County. Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Milford, will occupy 35,000 square feet on the first floor of the new medical office building at Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus. Nemours anticipates serving more than 45,000 patients annually after the facility opens.
Telehealth, a critical component to the care being provided at this new site, will come online immediately upon opening.

Nemours has long been committed to harnessing technology to significantly expand telehealth capacity and keep pace with the increased demand for virtual care. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the true impact and value of this investment is immensely clear. From January to August 2020, Nemours completed 4,178 more telehealth visits over the same time in 2019.

In total, Nemours currently serves approximately 30,000 children in southern Delaware annually. In 2019, 1,500 of these patients were seen via telemedicine. By July 2020, Nemours had already served over 11,000 children in southern Delaware via telemedicine.

“The continued success of our telehealth program relies on the ability to grow and sustain,” said Colleen Davis, director of special projects at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. “By having the additional equipment both on-site at our new Sussex Campus, as well as for Nemours clinicians located remotely, we will be well-positioned to serve all of our patients comprehensively and in a matter that works best for them.”

Nemours sought community support to help fund this need, and an anonymous donor has come forward, generously offering a matching $50,000 grant. This means that of the $100,000 needed for the critical telehealth equipment, $50,000 will be donated when $50,000 in community donations is reached.

“Now is the perfect time to help support the children of southern Delaware. By giving a gift toward this cause before Nov. 1, you’re able to double your impact for the children we serve,” said Ms. Davis. “We are extremely grateful to our donor, who has made this challenge possible.”

Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Milford, will provide expanded services staffed by pediatric primary and specialty care doctors. Services and resources will include, but not be limited to, allergy, audiology, behavioral health, cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, neurology, orthopedics, otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), pulmonology, telehealth, urology, physical therapy and more.

Some of these services will be available at the end of 2020; others will come online in April 2021.

Those interested in helping fund this project can call 293-3108 or visit nemours.org/bringingcarecloser.