Determination of Need

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Sept. 30, 2016 

Boston Children's Hospital earns DPH staff recommendation

Boston Children's Hospital has earned the Department of Public Health's (DPH) staff recommendation in support of our Determination of Need application for our proposed clinical building and campus renovations. We appreciate and respect the thoroughness of DPH staff in reviewing this application and recognizing the benefit to patients and families. We believe that our application is consistent with Boston Children's priorities to continue serving low-income families and to continue to operate within Massachusetts' efforts to contain health care costs. 

We want to thank the hundreds of Boston Children's clinicians, staff, patients and families who have been part of the multi-year effort to get us to this point. Better than anyone, this group appreciates the challenges of caring for families in facilities that are at capacity—and beyond.

We continue to look for your support as we move to the final phase of the approval process, which includes presenting the application to DPH's Public Health Council for a final vote. We will continue to advocate for the improved health care facilities, updated technology, increased access and expanded green space offered as part of our proposed expansion plan and look forward to earning the Public Health Council's approval of our application next month.

Feb. 25, 2016

DPH Public Hearing

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.

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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