In a long-simmering battle over pediatric care in New Brunswick, N.J., 418-bed St. Peter's University Hospital announced an affiliation with the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The affiliation, which aims to enhance the scope of pediatric services available at St. Peter's, will begin with pediatric cardiology. Financial terms were not disclosed. Officials said heart doctors from the children's hospital will treat patients in the pediatric and neonatal intensive-care units at St. Peter's. However, cardiac surgery patients will have to travel to Philadelphia, as St. Peter's does not have an open-heart program. Beginning in July 2005, when its current relationship with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey expires, St. Peter's will sponsor a pediatric residency program and rotate residents through the Children's Hospital, officials said. The announcement comes one month after New Brunswick's other hospital, 473-bed Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, announced a joint venture with Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital in New York to bring a pediatric cardiac surgery program to RWJ's Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital. -- by Cinda Becker
N.J. hospitals announce pediatric cardiology deal
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