Written by The Business Journal Staff
The Kaweah Delta Board of Directors has approved plans for the health care district to move forward with its sixth residency program, concentrating on anesthesia, as well as a new high-risk pregnancy care program.
The district is currently gathering resources and building the faculty necessary to support the residency. The anesthesia option will be a four-year program with six resident physicians per class, resulting in a max program size of 24 residents when fully developed.
The anesthesia residency program will begin on July 1, 2017.
“Anesthesia is very much a critical care field. The program will augment the services provided in those areas and it will increase the number of physicians in operating rooms,” said Dr. Lori Winston, designated institutional official for Kaweah Delta’s residency program. “We are able to add this residency because it already has the essential elements for a successful program — the patient population, many qualified and interested physician faculty and the physician group structure that will be able to ensure that all of the requirements are met for it to become accredited.”
Kaweah Delta will seek accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
The board also approved the development of perinatology services at Kaweah Delta for patients with high-risk pregnancies.
The program will be developed in conjunction with Valley Children’s Hospital and bring two full-time perinatologists to Kaweah Delta’s medical staff who will practice at Valley Children’s Akers Specialty Care Center on the corner of Mineral King Avenue and Akers Street in Visalia.
“This program will allow patients and their families to remain in our own community for these essential services,” said Lindsay Mann, CEO of Kaweah Delta Health Care District.
The program is expected to begin in late 2016.