Transitioning to Adult Care
Switching from pediatric to adult care can be very challenging for many of our patients. Beginning treatment with a different doctor and care team is often a big adjustment, not to mention the new school or work environments patients encounter as they grow up. Our Chronic Care Transition Team helps our teenage patients ease into their new surroundings through our programs and support. We are committed to making sure these patients have continued access to high-quality healthcare throughout their adult lives.
The team is led by Parag Shah, MD. Dr. Shah is the Chronic Illness Transition Team Medical Director and a hospitalist physician who works primarily with children with chronic illness.
Rebecca Boudos, LCSW, is a chronic illness transition specialist and a social worker in the Spina Bifida Center. She spends most of her time focusing on transition work with teens, and she also serves as the hospital-wide transition specialist.
We make sure we’re involved in every aspect possible of the transition process and are as helpful to our patients as possible. Our team is in constant collaboration with clinical areas to make sure we’re completely aware of a patient’s situation, and that they will be well-prepared for their transition to adult care.
Review the areas below to learn more about our various initiatives to improve patients’ transition experiences.
The Chronic Care Transition Team works closely with our patients clinical teams to:
- Build relationships with adult providers for primary and specialty care
- Develop comprehensive, efficient and satisfactory methods for care transfers
- Improve readiness of young adult patients to transfer care
- Prepare young adults to enter the adult world with regards to professional and social maturity
- Ensure patients and families are aware of all public benefits and insurance opportunities
- Support specialty clinics to implement transition programming
Our team regularly participates in care transition studies to:
- Improve transition methods
- Better understand adolescent- and transition-related issues
We’re committed to educating patients, families and providers about the transition process. We provide training and guidance in the following areas:
- Transition competency training for providers
- Transition preparation education for patients, families and the community
- Education for outside medical providers on the adult healthcare needs of our patients
Our general transition program touches almost every division in the hospital, but we also have more-targeted programs for the varying needs of patients of different ages and more complex conditions. Select a program below to learn more.
Make an Appointment
Our program is only accessible through a physician referral. If you’d like to refer one of your patients to our transition program, download our referral form and learn how to make an appointment.
We can be reached about any questions or concerns at 312.227.6391 or email@example.com.