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Nemours Children’s Health System

by Jack Roth

Featured Photo from Nemours Children’s  Health System

The name Nemours is synonymous with quality pediatric care, and its presence in Seminole County has added to the quality of life for all who live here. With a world-class children’s hospital, multiple sub-specialist locations, and urgent care facilities located throughout the Central Florida region, Nemours has attracted a top-notch team of specialists, nurses, and therapists from around the globe to provide exceptional care for kids.

The last remaining piece of the pediatric puzzle dedicated primary care services for children has now been brought to our community, as well. Together, these offices and the exceptional providers who work there create a comprehensive system of pediatric care that artfully combines convenience and quality to treat common colds, critical conditions, and everything in-between.

For residents of Longwood and Maitland, the new Nemours Children’s Primary Care practices have been a welcome addition to those communities. Designed for newborns through age 18, the practices offer general pediatric care from immunizations and wellness visits to everyday bumps and bruises, colds and flu, and common childhood illnesses. The dedicated practitioners share the Nemours commitment to provide personal, family-centered care while treating every child as if they were their own.

“Nemours is an integrated healthcare network, which really makes it much more convenient for parents and their children,” says Anne van Wert, M.D., F.A.A.P., who has been caring for Central Florida’s kids for more than 30 years. She joined the Nemours Children’s Primary Care practice in Maitland a year-and-a-half ago. “To be able to send patients to specialists and be on the same electronic health record system is huge. I can see immediately if one of my patients saw a pulmonary specialist and access those records. Everyone in the Nemours healthcare network is on the system, which makes getting records easy.”

Alfonso Mireles, M.D., F.A.A.P., who serves at the Longwood primary care location, agrees. “No matter when or where, we can care for our patients quickly and efficiently, and all within the Nemours system,” he says.

Urgent care is another critical component of this system, and Nemours also operates a dedicated pediatric urgent care center in Sanford that is open during the evening and on weekends and holidays.

“Our goal is to work in coordination with primary care physicians, which is why we aren’t open during their typical office hours,” says Robert Cooper, M.D., F.A.A.P., who has served as medical director for Nemours Children’s Urgent Care for 13 years. “We provide seamless care among Nemours primary care physicians, sub specialists, and the children’s hospital, as all data and information can be easily shared.”

With all these services working in tandem, Nemours is able to provide a comprehensive continuum of care that elevates the health of children and increases the peace of mind of parents.

“Pediatrics is very much family-centric in that the healthcare process involves the entire family,” says Odette Vazquez-Rojas, M.D., F.A.A.P., who has been practicing pediatrics for nine years and works with Dr. Mireles at the Longwood primary care practice. “Parents need to feel comfortable and safe knowing they can reach out and have their children get the care they need no matter what time of day or night.”

“Communication is a big reason why Nemours is so successful when it comes to comprehensive pediatric care,” says Dr. van Wert. “It’s all part of the ‘true north’ commitment at Nemours to provide safe and quality care without delay. As a mother of two, I love the honesty of children and enjoy working with families to help kids reach their full potential. At Nemours, it’s a team effort, and we are committed to communicating and educating parents in order to make their lives easier and provide comprehensive care for their children.”

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