May 14

Children on high risk are getting more help

Post by Yvette Castillo. Filed under News & Events

We have been featured on the Houston Chronicle, here its an excerpt of the interview:

Jesus Carstens doesn't care that he's part of a grand experiment in health care. He's more interested in making sure his mother, Yvette Castillo, doesn't move out of sight.

And Castillo is mostly interested in managing the machines, medications and other interventions that keep her 18-month-old son alive and out of the hospital.

"This is my full-time job," she said.

That job got easier last spring, when Jesus was enrolled in a clinic for chronically ill children, offering unlimited access to the doctors and nurse practitioners. It's part of a project to determine whether more comprehensive access to care can keep children healthier, reduce hospital and emergency room visits and, ultimately, save money.

The study is ongoing, led by physicians from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. But Dr. Jon Tyson, director of UT-Houston's Center for Clinical Research & Evidence-Based Medicine, said early results are impressive.

Original article found at www.chron.com