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New appointment program helps reduce, combine hospital visits for sick Edwardsville boy

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The Masinelli family spends more time at home with the help of new Cardinal Glennon's Complex Car Program. The program helps chronically ill kids like 10-year-old Kelan, far right. ( Credit: KMOV) The Masinelli family spends more time at home with the help of new Cardinal Glennon's Complex Car Program. The program helps chronically ill kids like 10-year-old Kelan, far right. ( Credit: KMOV)
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

A new program at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital is helping reduce the number of hospital visits for families with chronically ill children including a family from Edwardsville.

The program, called Complex Care Program,  was developed for families who have children with complex diseases that require appointments with multiple specialists. 

Instead of visiting the hospital to see multiple doctors and putting the burden on parents to schedule and coordinate appointments, the program consolidates all of the child's appointments in one single visit.

Dr. Kurtis Sobush, of pediatric pulmonology, was one of the two doctors who developed the Complex Care Program. Sobush says since the number of patient visits are lower, families will save money. 

Dr. Sobush says the program is designed to give each family in the program an assigned medical team, so families can easily coordinate with the doctors and to better serve the child's needs.

"Every child is assigned to not just a physician, but a MD and RN kind of pairing," said Sobush.

Ten-year-old Kelan Masinelli of Edwardsville is already benefiting from the new. He was born with smooth brain syndrome which prevents him from walking, breathing and eating on his own.

He is treated by eight different specialists. 

"On a daily basis we struggle with respiratory issues and pain," said Jamie Masinelli, Kelan's mom.

However, since being in the program, Masinelli says, aside from emergency visits, they only visit Cardinal Glennon now once every three months. She says this has given their family more time to be at home and make memories together.

"It feels so good to just be parents sometimes," said Masinelli. 

Children, age 10 and younger, with complex diseases that see four or more different specialists quality for this program. 

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