Pediatric Health Network Annual Report 2020
COVID-19 Response and Recovery
When COVID-19 hit the National Capital Region, the Pediatric Health Network leapt into action to support pediatricians, children and families.
PHN launched webinars and virtual learning opportunities, supported and promoted testing, and assisted with procurement and distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE).
PHN partnered with specialists from Children’s National to roll out clinically-focused webinars with the latest information on COVID-19 epidemiology, care management, telemedicine and practice recovery. The network collaborated with Children’s National to develop, compile and publicize key resources, including care protocols and a hotline, for primary care providers on the Children’s National website. PHN also supported Children’s National to stand up a drive up/walk up testing site for pediatric patients.
In an effort to support community partners in DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia, Children’s National made it possible for PCPs to purchase supplies at cost through the hospital’s own Supply Chain department."
PPE is more important than ever for healthcare providers and care teams. While Children’s National Hospital worked diligently to shore up its own supplies, primary care practices (PCPs) also faced dire shortages of essential equipment. In an effort to support community partners in DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia, Children’s National made it possible for PCPs to purchase supplies at cost through the hospital’s own Supply Chain department.
On May 12, PHN filled orders for 5,700 earloop face masks, 531 face shields, and 305 liter bottles of hand sanitizer. These orders were packed at the Children’s National warehouse and delivered by Children’s National Physician Liaisons to 50 primary care practices in the region. This initiative was made possible by flexible and creative partners in Supply Chain and Finance, and was an impressive demonstration of how Children’s National and community PCPs work together to support the health and wellbeing of kids and families.
Despite the circumstances, PHN will continue to innovate to support pediatricians, patients and families in ways they need it most.