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Optimal Health

Creating healthier communities


Our mission is to be more than a great health care system; it is to be a system that truly impacts health.

We are committed to providing high-value, relationship-centered, standardized care for everyone we serve. It’s the care our patients expect and our communities deserve. It’s the care that leads to our goal of optimal health for all.

Union Hospital makes three

Affinity Health Alliance and its affiliates, including Union Hospital in Elkton, Maryland, joined ChristianaCare on Jan. 1, 2020. ChristianaCare and Union Hospital have been serving the people of Cecil County as neighbors for many years. Together, we will make an even greater positive impact on the health of the communities we serve.

We’re incredibly excited to welcome the caregivers of Union Hospital as we join together in service to the greater Cecil County community.

Janice E. Nevin, M.D., MPH

President & Chief Executive Officer, ChristianaCare

Blowing bubbles in the ER

Every child’s medical emergency is different, and for parents any kind is frightening. Recently redesignated as a Level 2 Pediatric Emergency Care Facility — the only one in Delaware — Christiana Hospital offers specialized round-the-clock care for all types of pediatric emergencies. From easing a child’s initial fears — bubbles or toys help! — to using the right pain assessment tools, medication dosages and specialized equipment, our emergency staff are specially trained to meet the unique needs of young patients and to communicate with worried parents when it matters most.

We know strokes

With strokes, time is of the essence: you want the right care, at the right time, with the right team — and it’s available through ChristianaCare. This year, we became part of an elite group of health systems with three levels of certification for stroke care from The Joint Commission. In July, our Middletown Emergency Department (MED) earned Advanced Disease-Specific Care Certification as an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital for its ability to treat stroke patients timely and effectively before transferring them to a primary or comprehensive stroke center. The MED joins Christiana Hospital’s Comprehensive Stroke Center and Wilmington Hospital’s Primary Stroke Center in receiving Joint Commission certification.


Hit me with your flu shot

On October 10, 2019, more than 8,000 ChristianaCare employees, volunteers and allied staff were vaccinated in a single day as part of our #HitMeWithYourFluShot campaign. Earning widespread media coverage and making public health history, the annual campaign is an important way that ChristianaCare protects the health of the community.

8,035 flu shots in 18 hours. Yes, it really happened!


Better health for all at lower costs

Two new groundbreaking partnerships are enabling ChristianaCare to improve the health of Delaware’s Medicaid beneficiaries. New value-based payment agreements with AmeriHealth Caritas Delaware, one of the nation’s leaders in health care solutions for those most in need, and Highmark Health Options, Delaware’s largest Medicaid managed care organization, create greater flexibility for ChristianaCare to address both medical and non-medical health care needs of Medicaid patients. The agreements align health care payment models with the delivery of high-quality, high-value care. Under the new structure, revenue is higher for partnering organizations if health care quality and cost-reduction targets are met or exceeded, and revenue is lower if those targets are not met.

Together we are transforming the health system to achieve better health at lower costs.

Janice E. Nevin, M.D., MPH

President & Chief Executive Officer, ChristianaCare

A safer path to pain relief

ChristianaCare is a nationally recognized leader in tackling the opioid crisis through a multifaceted approach that is helping to stem the tide of substance use disorder. In addition to our success in connecting people to treatment through our programs including the Comprehensive Pain Center, Project Engage and Community SOS, our work in changing the system and educating providers and patients has reduced opioid prescriptions by more than 40% over two years.

Reducing cost, maintaining quality

ChristianaCare is a founding partner of eBrightHealth ACO, a Medicare accountable care organization, which reduced overall health care spending by $11.3 million last year while also maintaining a high level of quality care for patients in Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Coordinating this care is our award-winning CareVio™, a care coordination program that harnesses real-time data and predictive analytics to identify opportunities for helping patients better manage their health and avoid complications leading to unnecessary hospitalizations or emergency department visits.


Why do we help create healthy communities? FOR THE LOVE OF HEALTH TM

Partners in improving  outcomes for newborns

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and ChristianaCare have launched the Nemours & ChristianaCare Advanced Delivery Program for prenatally diagnosed conditions that require swift intervention after a baby’s birth. The first of its kind in Delaware, the program integrates delivery and specialized care in one location at Nemours, where our obstetrical team leads the delivery and Nemours pediatric subspecialists manage post-delivery intervention. Together, with a family’s obstetrician, we help optimize outcomes for babies and enhance the experience for mothers.

The new name says it all

Since 2012, our technology-driven care coordination program has helped manage more than 100,000 lives and deliver better care at lower costs. In 2019, the award-winning service changed its name to CareVio™ and added the tagline Linking Care. Improving Health. The new name is all about what we do every day: “Care” emphasizes our respectful, expert, compassionate care; “Vio” means road and conveys the path to health and wellness. Every day, the CareVio™ team of more than 50 nurse care coordinators, social workers, clinical pharmacists, respiratory therapists and medical directors connect patients with the care and help they need.

Cerner and ChristianaCare: partners in weight loss

Already recognized regionwide, ChristianaCare’s Bariatric Surgery Program is now a destination for people across the nation. Health care technology leader Cerner, headquartered in Missouri, selected ChristianaCare as its weight loss surgery provider for its employees nationwide. As of December 2019, 115 people have participated in the program, receiving excellent care and personalized support before and after surgery. “Post-surgery, I’ve lost 30 pounds so far. Beyond the weight loss, I feel so much better — my knees aren’t as stressed as they used to be!” said Julia Heriford, a Cerner employee from Kansas City, who traveled to ChristianaCare last spring for bariatric surgery.

Good health takes a teamlet

Priya Dixit-Patel, M.D., is excited about her new “teamlet” at the Smyrna Family Practice, where she is Clinical Lead: “We’re doing something really exciting and something really important for primary care.” With multiple clinicians joining together, teamlets are forming within all ChristianaCare primary care practices. Comprising one physician, one nurse practitioner or physician assistant, one registered nurse, three medical assistants and support services staff or resources, these clinical groupings enable practices to “share the care” when appropriate and offer better experiences for patients and caregivers.

Teamlets are forming within all ChristianaCare primary care practices