Families with and advocates for children living with complex medical conditions in the greater Washington area have reason to celebrate given the recent news from two of the nation’s leading health care systems, nationally-recognized for their individual abilities to provide the very best in pediatric care, who have signed an agreement to create an integrated partnership.
With the merger of the two organizations, Children’s National Health System (Children’s National) and The HSC Health Care System (HSC) have confirmed and their goal to collectively provide seamless care for children and young adults with complex medical needs in the District and across the region.
With a combined 285 years of pediatric experience, Children’s National and HSC have each secured significant expertise delivering complementary health care services to children and young adults with complex needs. Many of their young patients face particularly complex and rare health conditions. By coming together, this new partnership will create one of the nation’s most comprehensive models of care for this patient population.
Medical advances have resulted in added hope for families, significantly increasing life expectancy for children with complex medical needs. As advances continue to be made, the result has been an increase in demand for both specialized care as well as innovations to address the longer-term needs of these children.
“As we’ve developed advances that improve care for these children, we know that integrated care plays a significant role,” said Kurt Newman, M.D., president/CEO, Children’s National Health System.
“That understanding has driven the commitment of both Children’s National and HSC to seek a new way of collaborating that we hope will become a model for others,” he said.
The importance of delivering highly coordinated care to children with complex medical needs gained national attention upon the signing into law of the bipartisan ACE Kids Act earlier this year. Children’s National collaborated with HSC in a national pilot program that provided the foundation for the landmark legislation.
“The patients and families we serve routinely navigate a complex system with a multitude of specialists and services required for their care. Together, we know we can make it easier for them to access care. Ultimately, our goal is to improve the quality of life for our patients and their families,” said Nathaniel Beers, M.D., president/CEO, The HSC Health Care System.
The signed agreement has since moved on for regulatory approval — a process that experts in the industry anticipate being completed this fall.
Children’s National Health System, based in the District, has served America’s children since 1870 and is one of the nation’s Top 5 pediatric hospitals, ranked No. 1 in newborn care for a second straight year, while also ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. The pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C. Metropolitan area, including the Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia. Children’s National has long been recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at all levels: local, regional and national.
The HSC Health Care System is a 135-year-old non-profit health care organization committed to serving individuals with complex health care needs and eliminating barriers to services. HSC is a unique and comprehensive system of care in the Greater Washington Area whose mission remains to change lives through expert, family-centered medical care, care coordination and empowerment through advocacy and education. The HSC Health Care System through The HSC Foundation, operates The HSC Pediatric Center, an inpatient sub-acute facility, three HSC Outpatient Centers in the District and Maryland, HSC Home Care, LLC in the District and HSC Home & Residential Services in Maryland and Health Services for Children with Special Needs, a comprehensive health and supportive services care plan for Supplemental Security Income-eligible children and young adults up to 26 years of age within the District.
For more about The HSC Health Care System, go to www.hschealth.org.