Boston Children’s Hospital and The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center Form Alliance to Broaden Access to Specialized Pediatric Care

July 01, 2019

BOSTON and PORTLAND, MAINE -- Boston Children's Hospital and The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center have formed an alliance that will enhance patient access to highly specialized pediatric care and improve the coordination of care between the two hospitals.

This alliance will provide The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital patients throughout Maine with more coordinated access to specialized care at Boston Children’s Hospital and streamline care planning among providers at both institutions. Boston Children’s Hospital and The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital will jointly develop care protocols and pathways for children and adolescents to enhance their shared ability to ensure that each patient gets the right care in the right setting. In some instances, Boston Children’s Hospital clinicians will be available to provide care at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Portland.

“Together, we can ensure that our patients have access to the most appropriate care close to home,” said Maine Medical Center President Jeff Sanders. “Children and their families require the highest levels of coordinated care that we can provide, and this alliance allows us to raise that bar on their behalf.”

The alliance builds on the strong working relationship that currently exists between the two hospitals. By working collaboratively in orthopedic oncology surgery, cleft lip and palate care, congenital heart disease, education and access, the two institutions will be better able to coordinate care for their patients.

"Boston Children’s is dedicated to providing exceptional and compassionate family-centered care, driven by innovative and life-changing science,” said Sandra L. Fenwick, CEO of Boston Children’s Hospital. “This alliance will strengthen the shared commitment of two great institutions to improving access to the highest-quality care, and to improving the patient experience for the patients and families we are looking forward to serving together.”

About Boston Children's Hospital
Boston Children’s Hospital is ranked the #1 children’s hospital in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and is the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Home to the world’s largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center, its discoveries have benefited both children and adults since 1869. Today, more than 3,000 scientists, including 8 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 18 members of the National Academy of Medicine and 12 Howard Hughes Medical Investigators comprise Boston Children’s research community. Founded as a 20-bed hospital for children, Boston Children’s is now a 415-bed comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent health care. For more, visit our Discoveries blog and follow us on social media @BostonChildrens, @BCH_Innovation, Facebook and YouTube.

About The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital
The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital (BBCH) at Maine Medical Center is committed to enhancing the lives of children through excellence in patient care, research, and education. With more than 100,000 annual patient visits, the hospital offers services in cancer treatment, cardiology, neonatal care, and numerous other pediatric specialties. Maine’s only certified children’s hospital is designed with children in mind with state-of-the-art hospital equipment, specialty programs and spacious play areas. From well-child visits to specialized medical and surgical treatment of complex, life-threatening illnesses and injuries, BBCH offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient, family-centered care from an exceptional team of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals. For more information, visit www.bbch.org.

About Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center (MMC), recognized as a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News and World Report for 2018-2019, is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state, as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1868, MMC is the state’s largest medical center, licensed for 637 beds and employing nearly 8,700 people. MMC's unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled depth and breadth of services, including an active educational program and a world-class biomedical research center. As a nonprofit institution, Maine Medical Center provides nearly 23 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is part of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. For more information, visit www.mmc.org.

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