Determination of Need

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On Feb. 25, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health held a public hearing to review support for Boston Children’s Hospital’s Determination of Need—our proposal for the transformation of our Longwood campus, including the renewal of our existing facilities, the creation of our new 12-story Boston Children’s Clinical Building, and the development of Brookline Place.

Following an introductory presentation by President and CEO Sandra Fenwick, EVP of Health Affairs and COO Kevin Churchwell, MD, and Boston Children’s Board of Trustees Chairman Stephen Karp, (which you can read below) the floor was open to any and all attendees who wished to speak, sharing their experiences to demonstrate why the renovations to our campus are so necessary. As Board of Trustees Chairman, Stephen Karp put it: “We have a responsibility to meet the needs of children today and tomorrow. No responsibility is more important.”

We’d like to thank all those who took the time to attend the hearing, and who wrote such passionate and thoughtful letters of support. Hundreds of patients, families, staff and supporters turned out, and many spoke at the hearing, exemplifying their commitment to the guiding principle that drives our plans for the future—with growth, we will have a greater capacity to heal. A special note of thanks to all those who spoke in support of that growth: Lisa Burgess; Maria Conley; Cherie Craft; Deyven Ferrera; Pat Flaherty; Gary Fleisher, MD; Diana Garcia; Richard Giordano; Ashley Haseotes; Jim Kasser, MD; Ed Kelly; Mikyoung Kim; John Mayer, Jr., MD; Sarah Morris; Shari Nethersole, MD; Bill O'Donnell; Rick Robertson, MD; Sydney Thiel; Cheryl Toole, RN, MS; and Laura Wood, DNP, MS, RN.

  • As part of the Determination of Need process, Boston Children's Hospital submitted a letter to the Department of Public Health on April 11, 2016, describing the impact that our proposed plans will have on our Medicaid patient population.
  • Boston Children's submitted another letter to the Department of Public Health on April 11, 2016, describing in details the process through which alternate sites to our proposed plans for our Longwood campus were considered, as well as the reasons they were eliminated, including the costs and scope for each.

The Determination of Need process will take several months, and we will keep you notified of any developments. 

Letters of Support for Boston Children's Hospital:

  • Sandra Fenwick, President and CEO, Boston Children's Hospital
  • Kevin Churchwell, MD, EVP of Health Affairs and Chief Operating Officer, Boston Children's Hospital
  • Stephen Karp, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Boston Children's Hospital
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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