Why Care Coordination Matters


Undergoing serious medical treatment in the first year of
life is difficult enough for critically ill babies.

They deserve the highest level of coordinated care to reduce their suffering and give them the best chance at life.  


Coordinated care meets babies born with medically complexity special needs by providing highly organized care in the hospital, at home and through community providers that result in the safest and most effective treatment for these children and maximizes their time at home.


how it works


Nurses and social workers are dedicated exclusively to these babies and serve as the point person to organize care for each of these children and to help the needs of their families.


Acting as an advocate for each baby, they coordinate multiple pediatric specialists, coordinate procedures and anticipate what each child needs. They are also adept at navigating the health care system, which can be a daunting task for parents of children with complex health needs.


They are the central contact and source of comfort for these families, whom they will also support by identifying social service and health care agencies closer to home, and conducting home visits.


The early months in life are when pain reduction can hold tremendous advantages for a baby’s rapidly growing brain, and when proper interventions such as restoring hearing or vision can impact social, emotional and language development that lasts for a lifetime. Little Heroes League and Lurie Children’s are committed to capturing these opportunities by providing highly coordinated care for these babies.

Care coordination impacts babies

  • Reduces unnecessary & duplicative procedures

  • Reduces length of hospital stays

  • Reduces number of hospital admissions

  • Reduces Emergency Department visits

  • Reduces pain and enables more time at home


Care coordination impacts families

  • Reduces the emotional and physical stress

  • Reduces healthcare expenses

  • Fewer misunderstandings about medical care

  • Fewer missed days from work

  • Reduce travel to hospital