Children and their families can remain close to home all the while receiving the gold standard treatment

Dr. Prasanth Pillai, Employee

I had heard positive sentiments about Bronson from friends and coworkers prior to relocating to Kalamazoo. As an employer, Bronson was an organization that had a reputation for retaining their employees, where people committed their entire career. After my interview experience, I saw that the culture and community hospital setting would grant me the opportunity to spend more time with my patients and work alongside a strong care team, which are important to me as a provider.

My experience here has been great; I have developed trusting relationships with my patients and their families and integrated myself well into the Bronson Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Department. As their newest provider, I was well received by each member of the program and my practice style was warmly embraced. Whether I’m in the outpatient clinic or seeing patients admitted in the children’s hospital, our different treatment teams work well together, both for the benefit of our patients and staff.

The Bronson Pediatric Hematology/Oncology department has been a part of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) since 1991, which is an international consortium of children’s hospitals, all collaborating to advance the field of children’s cancer. Bronson has continued to maintain an exemplary level of care required to remain a designated COG center. Consistent COG membership allows children in southwest Michigan to have the same access to clinical trials as offered at any other children’s hospital in the country. This means that children and their families can remain close to home, surrounded by faithful support, all the while receiving the gold standard treatment. I value that Bronson prioritizes the needs of our pediatric patients and is willing to expand and strengthen the program going forward.

I also specialize in hospice and palliative care for children. Bronson provided me with the flexibility to partner with our Advanced Illness Management (AIM) team, which has allowed me to offer pediatric palliative care services through inpatient consultations. I appreciate how this opportunity has broadened my clinical practice, allowing me to develop into a leader in pediatric palliative care. Once again, an employer invested in the professional development of its employees is admirable. Therefore, I am #bronsonproud to work here because I am not limited in any way when it comes to providing the best possible care to my patients or growing as a physician leader.

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