Success Story

Christiana Care Health System

A national leader in quality, safety and health care innovation

Christiana Care is one of the country’s most dynamic health systems, focused on improving health outcomes, making high-quality care more accessible and lowering health care costs.

A Leader in Innovation

Christiana Care is driving health care innovation in Delaware. Its unique care coordination program, Carelink CareNow, uses predictive analytics and machine learning to identify at-risk patients and focus attention on medical and socio-behavioral issues before they escalate. The program integrates real-time information about hospital admissions, doctor visits, lab results – even patients’ daily vital checks that they perform at home – to coordinate care.

With more than 100,000 program members, Carelink CareNow has earned national attention, including the 2017 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award, the nation’s preeminent recognition for quality and safety in health care.

Christiana Care’s Health & Technology Innovation Center is another force for innovation. It brings together IT experts, caregivers and the community to create solutions that connect people with their health and well-being through data and technology. For example, in one initiative that gained national media attention and earned the 2018 Magnet Prize from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the Health & Technology Innovation Center partnered with nurses at Christiana Care’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute to make the experience of chemotherapy easier for patients through the use of virtual reality technology.

First in the First State

Christiana Care is home to the world-renowned Gene Editing Institute, the only research institution of its kind embedded in a clinical cancer center. Here, scientists are at the forefront of CRISPR research, a gene editing technology lauded as one of the most significant scientific discoveries of our time.

In another first, a unique partnership between the Gene Editing Institute and Delaware Technical Community College delivers a gene editing curriculum to community college students—one of many examples of Christiana Care’s efforts to nurture a vibrant biotechnology and healthcare workforce in Delaware.

Nationally Recognized for High-Quality Care

Christiana Care has been consistently honored with the highest designations in quality and safety from leading independent health care quality rating systems, including Healthgrades, U.S. News & World Report and CareChex Quality Rating System.

Christiana Care includes an extensive network of outpatient services, home health care, medical aid units, two hospitals (1,227 beds), a Level I trauma center and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit. It also includes a comprehensive stroke center and regional centers of excellence in heart and vascular care, cancer care and women’s health.

Christiana Care is also a teaching health system with more than 260 residents and fellows. Its 11,856 employees make it Delaware’s largest private employer and among the top 10 largest employers in the Philadelphia region.

Finally, Christiana Care’s new Center for Women & Children’s Health, opening in 2020, will transform the care of women and children. Designed for the whole family, the center will feature private patient rooms, spacious labor and delivery suites and an innovative neonatal intensive care unit that will be among the most advanced in the nation.

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