The relationship between Riley Children's Health and Indiana University is forged through mutual interests that define both entities—our commitment to excellent healthcare for children through prominence in education, training and research; our desire for rapid innovation in children’s health; and our quest to use what we know about children’s health to make a difference for families across the state and around the globe.
The Indiana University School of Medicine brings a vast set of resources to our relationship. As one of the largest medical schools in the country, they help us develop, attract and keep the world’s most brilliant physician-scientists—people who are dedicated to a dynamic life filled with day-to-day care of patients, an active role in research and mentorship and training of the next generation of physicians and subspecialists.
The IU School of Medicine is one of the busiest locations in the United States for funded pediatric health research by the National Institutes of Health and other sponsors. This draws thousands of families to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health for clinical trials that improve upon their standard care options. Together, we solve the most persistent problems in children’s health in a bond so deeply integrated that there is very little distinction between us—and none whatsoever when it comes to how we care for children and families.
Riley Children's Health provides the structure for transforming patient care with statewide access to primary and subspecialty care in locations throughout Indiana. Our success in providing children with good outcomes and the breadth and depth of our expertise mark us as one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals by U.S.News & World Report and others. These signs of excellence are a direct result of the strong alliance between Riley at IU Health, the IU School of Medicine, the Indiana University School of Nursing and the Indiana University School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences.
The scope of our relationship with Indiana University and its benefit to public health are nearly impossible to quantify except by example:
Riley Children's Health physicians are faculty in the Department of Pediatrics, the Department of Surgery, the Department of Anesthesia, the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, the Department of Otolaryngology--Head & Neck Surgery, and the Department of Emergency Medicine, among others at the IU School of Medicine. As a comprehensive children’s hospital, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health maintains its national leadership in 10 out of 10 pediatric subspecialties by educating the next generation of specialists. Our expertise in surgery and ability to care for the most severely injured children qualify Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health as the state’s only designated Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center and its only verified pediatric burn program. Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health is also Indiana’s only Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for babies that need advanced critical care.
Our commitment to education goes far beyond the internships, residencies and fellowship programs we offer physicians. We jointly train healthcare professionals across the entire spectrum of care, offering real-world experiences for students of physical therapy, respiratory therapy, nursing, audiology and behavioral therapy who eventually work at hospitals and clinics around the state—including our own. Our kinship with the IU School of Nursing is one of the many factors that play a role in our national prominence, including Magnet status awarded to Riley at IU Health for excellence in nursing care and patient outcomes. This designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center puts us in the top 7 percent of all U.S. hospitals.
As faculty members at the IU School of Medicine, our physicians participate in pediatric research funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute, the American Heart Association and many others. Without this form of discovery, new treatments for children’s health would come at a much slower pace because children represent a smaller market with many more conditions than adults. That means there is less commercial interest in pediatric health research. Those circumstances make academic health centers like ours an important source of discovery in children’s health. The national and international prominence of our pediatric physicians draws like-minded institutions and people—and more resources to innovation in children’s health.
Innovation at Riley at IU Health happens in many ways—through collaborations with the biotech industry, clinical networks and universities both here in Indiana beyond. The origins of those collaborations most often stem from our connection with Indiana University—through the Children’s Clinical Research Center on the campus of Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research and Children’s Health Services Research. These entities are major contributors in the field of pediatric health not only here in Indiana, but around the world. Together, they influence the way healthcare gets delivered and generate better outcomes for children.
Delivering world class primary and subspecialty care keeps us in tune with Hoosier patients and those who live near Indiana’s borders. The IU School of Medicine is part of the mix that brings expert pediatric care to these families. Together, we collaborate with hospital and healthcare systems throughout the state, bringing better care to children of Indiana, such as the regional hubs organized to screen children for neurodevelopmental conditions like autism. With broad support from parents, educators and healthcare providers, the program gives Indiana’s children local support that prepares them for school and helps them function better at earlier ages.
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