A New Blueprint for Children’s Hospitals: Strategic Partnerships
Children’s hospitals are tossing out old playbooks and creating new ones to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing healthcare environment and increasing competition. Some leading pediatric institutions serve as hubs for local and regional children’s hospitals that don’t have the expertise or infrastructure to handle complex cases such as heart surgery, for example. Other approaches include partnering with community and county hospitals to offer specialized care on-site or staffing their respective pediatric units; affiliating with adult hospital systems and academic medical centers; investing in pediatric retail or specialty clinics; and seeking out international partnerships. Our panelists will explore these and other collaborative strategies that are changing the face of pediatric care and allowing children’s hospitals to expand their reach to a wider geographic area.