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Children’s Hospital Boston and South Shore Hospital Announce New Agreement

Collaboration expands pediatric specialty care in convenient, lower-cost setting

For Immediate Release:
Media Contacts:
Erin McColgan, Children’s Hospital, (617) 919-3110
Sarah Darcy, South Shore Hospital, (781) 624-8970

June 27, 2011

South Shore Hospital and Children’s Hospital Boston have signed an agreement that builds upon their decade-long commitment to provide local access to specialty pediatric care.

Since 1999, Children’s physicians have provided care in South Shore Hospital’s Level III neonatal intensive care unit, emergency department and inpatient unit, which has enhanced local access to high-quality, pediatric specialty care for the children of Southeastern Massachusetts.

Under the new agreement, the hospitals will work together to expand the availability of pediatric emergency care provided by Children’s physicians beyond the current hours of noon to midnight.

In addition, South Shore Hospital’s pediatric and NICU patients will have enhanced access to Children’s pediatric specialists who are practicing at Boston Children’s Physicians South in the Stetson Building on Main Street/Route 18 in South Weymouth.  Boston Children’s Physicians South, which opened in February 2011, is a 23,000 square foot, state-of-the-art specialty care center that is staffed by Children’s clinicians in more than 20 specialties, from adolescent medicine to urology.

“Families in our region benefit from the collaboration between the 150 community-based pediatricians on South Shore Hospital’s medical staff and the team of Children’s pediatric specialists who provide care in our hospital,” said Richard Aubut, South Shore Hospital president and chief executive officer.  “And now – thanks to our expanded partnership with Children’s – our community will have even greater local access to advanced pediatric care.”

Other areas of collaboration include use of information technology to share clinical information between hospitals and providers, access to Children’s clinical and systems innovations, shared development of evidenced-based best practices and improved integrated care delivery models.

“In addition to the expanded coverage,” said James Mandell, MD, Children’s CEO, “this new agreement will foster collaboration on a number of other fronts.  We look forward to sharing our specialized experience in everything from pediatric respiratory therapy, to pharmacy and specialized medication management, to the use of advanced pediatric quality measures.”

“Beyond providing care in lower-cost settings,” continued Dr. Mandell, “the expanded relationship is part of our on-going effort to engage with community hospitals and community-based health care providers to develop innovative clinical delivery models to ensure that the right care is delivered at the right time and in the right setting.”

Children’s Hospital Boston is the nation’s leading pediatric medical center, offering a complete range of health services for patients from birth through age 21. It is home to the world’s premier pediatric research enterprise and is the primary pediatric teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. Children’s physicians provide specialty care at Children’s Hospital Boston and  at sites throughout Eastern Massachusetts, including outpatient care at specialty care centers in Brockton, Lexington, Norwood, Peabody, Waltham and Weymouth and hospital-based services including emergency medicine, inpatient  and/or neonatal  services at Beverly Hospital, Caritas Good Samaritan Medical Center, Caritas Holy Family Hospital, Caritas St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, South Shore Hospital  and Winchester Hospital. For more information about the hospital visit: www.childrenshospital.org/newsroom.

South Shore Hospital is a 318-bed, not-for-profit, tax-exempt, charitable provider of acute, emergency, outpatient, home health, and hospice care to the people of Southeastern Massachusetts. South Shore Hospital’s home care division includes South Shore Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the South Shore, and Home & Health Resources. The hospital’s 880-member medical staff represents all leading medical specialties. South Shore Hospital employs 3,800 people, supported by a team of 600 volunteers.  Please call (781) 624-MORE (6673) or visit southshorehospital.org for information about the hospital’s physicians and programs.

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