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GREENBRAE -- Marin General Hospital has teamed with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital to offer Marin residents "access to the expertise and resources of one of the nation’s preeminent pediatric hospitals."

The collaboration between the two organizations involves UCSF perinatologists and neonatologists working on site at Marin General, according to the 235-bed hospital overseen by the Marin Healthcare District. It also involves seeing patients at an outpatient multispecialty practice, with experts in pediatric cardiology, gastroenterology, neurology, pulmonology, orthopedics, ear nose and throat, and eating disorders, and a prenatal diagnostic center staffed with specialists in high-risk obstetrics.

"This affiliation means our patients can benefit from a world-class pediatric hospital and medical center without having to leave Marin," Karin Ornstein, MD, chair of Marin General Hospital Pediatrics, said in a statement. "It will result in closer collaboration between pediatric specialists at both hospitals to enhance access, quality and continuity of care."

Pediatric hospital physicians from UCSF and Marin General will be integrated into both medical staffs, and joint practice standards will be developed for the most common pediatric conditions treated at Marin General's inpatient pediatric and emergency departments, according to Stephen Wilson, M.D., associate chief medical officer for the children's hospital.

Additionally, the two hospitals will develop joint practice standards and quality metrics for obstetrics, perinatology and neonatology, he said.

"Our goal is for mothers, infants, and children receiving care at Marin General to benefit from the expertise that both institutions have to offer," Dr. Wilson said. "The physicians at UCSF are very excited to be part of this collaborative endeavor."

The affiliation also calls for joint planning for pediatric diabetes services delivered at the Marin General's Braden Diabetes Center and enhancement of the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital multispecialty practice at 1300 S. Eliseo Dr. in Greenbrae.

"This new relationship provides a solid basis for families to experience the best of what both community-based and academic medical centers offer: high-quality, specialized health care for children in an accessible, service-oriented environment," said Lee Domanico, chief executive officer of Marin General, in a statement. "The result should be that the whole is greater than the sum of the individual parts. Patient care is integrated in one setting with local and academic physicians working side by side with access to all the resources of an academic center."

Among the participating UCSF physicians is Colin Partridge, M.D., who will serve as the primary neonatologist, and Lena Kim, M.D., who provides inpatient consultations and round-the-clock backup coverage to Marin General obstetricians, as well as prenatal diagnostic services and advanced pregnancy care at the UCSF Perinatology practice in Greenbrae.