Newport Speciality Hospital houses the last pediatric sub-acute long-term care facility that provides care for children with brain damage and other catastrophic health conditions in Orange County, Ca. There is no other facility within the county that provides care for these patients.
The owner, Pacific Health, due to financial difficulties, intends to transfer all remaining 30 pediatric patients out of Newport Specialty to various regional locations to surrounding, Los Angeles, Riverside San Bernardino and San Diego counties. Many parents do not have the resources to enable them to see their children on a daily or weekly basis.
We think this action will be devastating to the families of these children and detrimental to the emotional and physical well being of the children as catastrophically injured and brain damaged children are fragile, due to their unique conditions and need the emotional support and daily presence of their families.
Not only will the current pediatric patients be affected by closure, other children who have and will have a need for sub-acute care will no longer have a place within Orange County to go to, thus compounding the problem for Orange County residents and for those communities that will be overburdened by the current and new patients.
As parents, we are interested in keeping the hospital open, elevating the quality of care, expanding services, including long-term physical therapies, not only for the children currently in residence, but for other children in the future.
We believe the move to a not for profit business model, which brings together community partners, will help to protect and enhance the integrity of the program and care of those children who so desperately need services. We need the support of the community because this is a community issue.