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Helping Tri-State Families
Not having to travel to Indianapolis saved patients nearly 1.9 million miles in one year (based on 360 miles round trip). This is a savings for families in our community of more than $1 million in just a single year (mileage is based on .55 cents/mile).
Additional savings for our local families include parent time away from their jobs. Usually when families go to Indianapolis for a clinic visit, it is a two-person job. Parents are away from their jobs an estimated 10 hours a day are needed (8 hours in the car plus a 2 hour clinic visit). For two adults, this would be 105,540 hours missed from work. Depending on the parents’ hourly rate of pay (10-20 dollars/ hour, this could range from $1,055,400-$2,110,800 in lost wages in one year.
Cost in travel not only affects the parents but also the children, because the patients miss 52,770 hours of school. Their siblings are also affected, because they cannot stay home alone. By not being at school both the patient and siblings miss academic and after school activities.
The Deaconess Hospital and Riley Hospital for Children provides expert pediatric care close to home.
About the Partnership
Deaconess Hospital and Riley Hospital for Children began seeing patients together in 1991. We signed a formal agreement in 2004 to expand the local pediatric services. The expansion included moving the pediatric unit to Gateway, developing a PICU, expanding outpatient clinic services, and developing a telemedicine service.
Since 2004, the volume of patients seen in the Tri-State has grown from roughly 300 a year in 1991 to 5,277 patients in 2013.