Special to the Journal
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Dr. Bernard L. Maria, Chairman of Pediatrics and Pediatrician-In-Chief of the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, has been appointed Chief Medical Officer for the newly incorporated Pediatric Health Improvement Coalition, a first-in-the-nation network of children’s hospitals and pediatric providers.
According to the 2011 Commonwealth Fund State Scorecard on Child Health System Performance, Georgia ranks 43rd in the country overall, based on key indicators of access and affordability, prevention and treatment, the potential to lead healthy lives and equity.
“Our children’s health is lagging behind most states and quality pediatric care is out of reach for families living in so many of our counties,” Maria said. “We can do better to ensure that our 2.9 million children have access to cost-effective care that produces quality outcomes. PHIC is special because all of the State’s children’s hospitals and its pediatricians are now poised to act in unison to improve child health in Georgia. ”
A child neurologist and brain tumor specialist with a Masters of Business Administration, Maria is a proven academic and scientific leader, whose contributions to children’s health are well documented. Maria also serves as the Ellington Charles Hawes Distinguished Chair of Pediatrics, Neurology and Neurosurgery at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University.
Maria is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Psychiatry and Neurology (Child Neurology). He has been regularly included in “Best Doctors in America” and the Marquis Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.
As the first children’s hospital in the south (circa 1910) and the second largest children’s hospital in the state, the 154-bed Children’s Hospital of Georgia is providing the highest level of pediatric critical care and neonatal intensive care, as well as a wide range of complex and comprehensive health care for children.
PHIC represents more than 1,500 pediatric physicians and the five pediatric hospitals in Georgia, including Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Children’s Hospital of Georgia, Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, Children’s Hospital at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and Children’s Hospital at Columbus Regional Health System. For more information about PHIC, visit http://www.georgiakidscoalition.org.