Hospitals Seek Allies in Struggle to Survive
The biggest threat for freestanding children's hospitals may be direct competition from big health care systems that covet the revenue and prestige that comes from high-level pediatric care and choose to establish their own pediatric specialty centers, rather than partnering with or referring patients to a children's institution. But building a pediatric center is a big endeavor: Construction and technology are expensive and pediatric specialists are in short supply. That spells opportunity for an existing children's hospital on the lookout for partnerships, says Dr. Jeff Sperring, chief executive officer of Seattle Children's Hospital. "Our goal is to be such an attractive partner, in terms of extraordinary care and value, that it doesn't [make sense] to build a competitive pediatric program," he says. "So far, we've been successful."
About Seattle Children’s
Seattle Children’s mission is to provide hope, care and cures to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible. Together, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Research Institute and Foundation deliver superior patient care, identify new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients.
Ranked as one of the top five children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho – the largest region of any children’s hospital in the country. As one of the nation's top five pediatric research centers, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is internationally recognized for its work in neurosciences, immunology, cancer, infectious disease, injury prevention and much more. Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation works with the Seattle Children’s Guild Association, the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care and research.
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