When you think about a children's hospital, what comes to mind? A building with walls, rooms, blips, beeps, monitors, nurses, doctors and other health care providers? Of course that is correct, but when you consider the provision of health care for children, MUCH more is involved. I have started this blog for several reasons:
Mostly I want to share my perspectives on child health care (pediatrics) in the Roanoke Valley and Southwest Virginia with members of our community, other health care providers, students, residents, and anyone else who might be interested.
Secondly, and perhaps most importantly, I am hoping to educate all readers on what is involved with providing quality, excellent health care to children from neonates through young adulthood. I hope to post lots of information here, but also my opinions and reflections on any issues of current interest and importance to children and pediatric care. And that is what is important, they will be MY opinions and reflections, not those of my employer, my coworkers or my family. I am first and foremost a physician who cares for children, but I am also a leader here at Carilion Clinic, a leader within several national medical organizations. Therefore my perspectives will vary according to which hat I am wearing when I write the posts.
I hope that some of the posts will engender comments and that we can engage in virtual conversations and a sharing of ideas.