Weitzman Family BRIDGES Young Adult Transition Program

The Weitzman Family BRIDGES Young Adult Transition Program (a.k.a. BRIDGES Program) is a resource for providers, patients, and families at Boston Children’s Hospital. Patients and families with pediatric-to-adult transition-related concerns are encouraged to ask a member of their care team to consult with us to help provide guidance on adult related medical management, transition readiness, and transfer planning. Care teams are welcome to reach out from Boston Children’s Hospital, Mass. General Brigham, and/or community sites that are not affiliated. Reach the program by email at transition@childrens.harvard.edu.

Why Do We Exist?

Children with special health care needs (SHCN), including those with formerly life-limiting congenital and pediatric acquired conditions, are living longer and requiring specialized care well into adulthood. Advancement in medicine and surgical techniques allow our patients to survive and thrive as adults. Our service strives to ensure that patients’ adult medical and psychosocial needs are addressed during this time. Together, we are working to strengthen the system by empowering providers, patients, and families to advocate and navigate the “bridge” to an adult medical home.

Multi-disciplinary BRIDGES Service

Members of team include:

  • medicine-pediatrics trained physician
  • nurse practitioner
  • nurse transition coordinator
  • social work
  • program manager

More about the program:

  • medical inpatient unit focused on age appropriate care for young adults
  • consult service with medical expertise provided by multi-disciplinary team
  • ambulatory care partnerships with transitional care support for all departments across Boston Children’s Hospital

Our Mission

To provide a comprehensive program to support the medical and surgical needs of young adults with congenital or acquired pediatric diseases, improve the quality of life by empowering and educating all stakeholders, with an emphasis on their individual needs to ensure a seamless transition from pediatric to adult care.

* — Unfortunately, we cannot provide direct consultation to patients and families outside of Boston Children's Hospital. We strongly encourage patients and families to address transition with their ongoing care teams and have their teams reach out for consultation.