Announcement

It is with great pride and excitement that we are writing to inform you about our news to welcome the extraordinary team from Children’s & Women’s Physicians of Westchester (CWPW) into Boston Children’s Hospital’s Community of Care. We look forward to working together with the CWPW team to extend our integrated network of pediatric care locations and partnerships across the tri-state area based on a shared mission—delivering the highest quality care for patients and their families. If ever there was a time to join together in building a brighter future of care, it’s now.

CWPW is a multi-specialty, pediatric practice with strong medical and academic roots, whose more than 276 physicians serve families in 57 locations throughout New York’s Metropolitan Area, the Hudson Valley, Connecticut and New Jersey. While Boston Children’s has long served children and families from this area, the constantly shifting healthcare landscape and increasing number of patients requiring complex care demands that we coordinate treatment as close to home as possible.

Partnering with CWPW will enable us to better serve these families; and we look forward to establishing relationships with their pediatricians, specialists and staff. Together, we strive to develop the leading pediatric network in the northeast for children and families across the region. Growing our Community of Care with like-minded healthcare practices committed to providing integrated, comprehensive care—primarily in pediatrics—is of paramount importance for us as we seek to treat more children in more places than ever before.

The CWPW team’s experience, relationships and recommendations are vital—no one knows their patients and families better. We can provide support through telemedicine, decision support and improved access capabilities, particularly on highly complex cases. CWPW will remain a separate organization under the Boston Children’s umbrella. Their day-to-day leadership, existing practice locations, and current affiliations and collaborations will not change. A Governing Council, including leadership from CWPW and two physician designees from Boston Children’s, has been established to oversee patient quality, safety and compliance.

This affiliation is about meeting the expanding needs and demands of patients and families. It has been a pleasure working closely with the CWPW leadership team throughout the process that led to what is truly an alliance between two inspiring teams, dedicated to one, common goal. We all will continue focusing on providing the highest-quality care in the most convenient locations. I know you will join me in welcoming CWPW to our team and to our Community of Care…until every child is well.

This new affiliation may be interesting to local and healthcare media. If you are contacted directly, please forward the inquiries to Rob Graham, Director of Media Relations and National Strategy, at 617-919-3111, or Rob.Graham@childrens.harvard.edu. All other third-party inquiries can be forwarded to Suzanne Mcdermott, Implementation Project Director, Ambulatory Services, at 617-919-4084 or Suzanne.Mcdermott@childrens.harvard.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

General

Who is Children’s & Women’s Physicians of Westchester, LLP (CWPW) and why are they now joining Boston Children’s Community of Care?
CWPW is a large, multi-specialty pediatric practice with affiliations with NY Medical College, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center and other hospitals. Their physicians and affiliates serve families throughout New York’s Metropolitan Area, the Hudson Valley, Connecticut and New Jersey are committed to providing integrated, high quality inpatient and outpatient care primarily to infants, children and adolescents in the community where they live.

By joining Boston Children’s Community of Care, CWPW will continue to grow and help build the leading pediatric care network in the northeast.

What are the terms of this agreement?
As a matter of policy and for confidentiality, Boston Children’s and CWPW do not provide specifics about agreement terms.

What will CWPW be called?
The Boston Children’s brand in conjunction with CWPW and individual practices will be evolving over the next year to protect and maintain the brand equity of each.

Why is Boston Children’s acquiring a tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT) physician practice?
Boston Children’s has long served patients and families from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. By affiliating with CWPW, which has attracted high quality pediatricians and pediatric specialists to its practice, Boston Children’s will be better able to serve more families in this region, who need its care. This new relationship, which is unique to the NY metro area, will especially benefit pediatric patients, who require highly complex or rare care through improved integration.

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Will my job change?
There are no plans to eliminate any CWPW physician or staff positions. The day-to-day leadership, existing practice locations as well as current affiliations and collaborations all remain the same. Growth opportunities for employees and providers will continue to be available in this new organization.

How will my pay and benefits be impacted?
For the immediate future, CWPW employee compensation and benefits plans will not change. As part of this evolving process, Boston Children’s and CWPW will evaluate compensation and benefits based on our commitment to remain competitive in the marketplace.

How quickly will changes be made?
This is a collaborative relationship, but not subsuming. Boston Children’s and CWPW will work together and evolve at a pace that offers the maximum benefit for patients and their families. Both leadership will communicate updates frequently to physicians and staff through in-person meetings and the intranet.

Why is this happening? Is it to develop network referrals for Boston Children’s?
Boston Children’s and CWPW have a collective desire to build the best pediatric community in the northeast. Together, we will focus on delivering high quality, local pediatric and specialty care in the most convenient way to families.

Will any CWPW staff be reassigned to Boston Children’s? What happens to the CWPW management team?
Not at this time. CWPW will be treated as a separate organizational entity with the existing CWPW leadership remaining in place and interfacing with Boston Children’s leadership. CWPW will continue to serve its patients and families, and operate as it has, while benefitting from the affiliation with Boston Children’s.

Will there be new opportunities in terms of jobs and relocation? Will I be asked to relocate? Will I have the opportunity to relocate?
CWPW employees are expected to remain in their current roles.

How do we connect/interact with our counterparts at Boston Children’s?
This is a collaborative relationship, but not subsuming. Boston Children’s will collaborate and integrate on the highest priority areas in 2015 based on expected impact and ease of execution. Boston Children’s will provide support services to CWPW, which will be defined more clearly in the next few months.

How will this impact academic appointments, ranks and hospital privileges?
CWPW physicians will retain their appointments, ranks, affiliations and hospital privileges with NY Medical College, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, and any other affiliated hospital in the region.

Will CWPW physicians get a Harvard Medical School appointment and/or privileges at Boston Children’s?
Physicians are required to be licensed and living in Massachusetts for privileges at Boston Children’s. Harvard Medical School does not grant out-of-state appointments.

Should physicians continue to develop and grow their practices?
Yes. The driving force behind the affiliation is to better serve patients and families across the tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT). This includes expanding locations and affiliations to enhance access to high quality pediatric care throughout the region.

How does this affiliation respond to a restructuring market?
There is an evolving need to assume risk and coordinate care, while managing rates and rising costs as well as improving patient outcomes. This is an opportunity to promote network growth based upon a shared mission of engaging sub-specialty experts through telemedicine, decision support and improved access capabilities, such as IT and Marketing.

In what ways will this affiliation improve outcomes for children in the northeast?
CWPW can collaborate with additional specialists and take advantage of enhanced expertise both on guidelines and protocols. Together, we will offer staff education, training and research opportunities based on the highest areas of priority and impact. Additionally, we will continue enriching our relationships on many fronts, facilitating innovation and learning in critical areas like patient engagement.

What is the long-term potential for infrastructure improvements?
Representatives from both organizations will be evaluating and prioritizing access to capital for investments in the network (physicians, facilities, hospitals) and a system for electronic medical records. This also includes scaling over time in the areas of IT, Marketing, Purchasing and Equipment. Overtime, telemedicine could provide consults, remote hospital support, extended patient/physician portals and OPENPediatrics, an online network of clinicians sharing best practices.

Is Boston Children’s trying to build an insurance company for health management?
This is not an immediate priority for Boston Children’s.

How will this news impact our relationships with existing community hospitals and Westchester Medical Center?
Existing relationships with all partners will remain the same or be enhanced. As part of our collective desire to build the best pediatric community in the northeast, we will be building a network of hospitals and community-based practices that promote pediatric health in the region. This is a unique position in the tri-state (NY, NJ, CT) area because of our combined focus on pediatrics.

Will this impact our relationships with suppliers and vendors?
We expect that existing relationships with suppliers and vendors initially will remain unchanged, but we will look for ways of using Boston Children’s scale to reduce costs.

What should I say if I’m asked about this news?
Becoming a corporate affiliate with Boston Children’s empowers CWPW to evolve as part of the leading pediatric care network in the northeast.

If you are contacted by media, please forward them to Rob Graham, Director, Media Relations and National Strategy, at 617-919-3111 or rob.graham@childrens.harvard.edu. All other third-party inquiries can be forwarded to Bob Shaw, Chief Operating Officer at CWPW at 914-594-2392.

What can employees expect during the coming months?
From an operational standpoint, it is business as usual. It is important that we all remain focused on delivering quality care to our patients and their families as well as working with the same level of passion and commitment that has created our success to date.

If I have additional questions, who can I ask?
We encourage you to speak with your manager or any member of the management team. We will do our best to share information as it becomes available. Additional updates will be provided via the intranet home page, email and in-person meetings.

What about the adult practices?
Adult specialists have joined CWPW to benefit from being part of a broader physician network. We hope that the practices that are part of CWPW will remain with CWPW when it becomes part of Boston Children’s Community of Care. These practices, which are critical to family care and transitional care for older teens, remain part of our joint Community of Care.

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What is the organizational reporting structure?
CWPW will remain a separate organization entity under the Boston Children’s parent corporation. A Governing Council has been created, which includes CWPW leadership and two senior leaders from Boston Children’s. This Council will be responsible for clinical operations, finances and compliance of the organization. CWPW will continue to be staffed by CWPW employees and follow their current reporting structure.

How should Boston Children’s staff coordinate inquiries from CWPW staff?
CWPW physicians looking to work with Boston Children’s physicians will be provided with a single point of contact to access the broader Boston Children’s physician network.

How does this affiliation impact/compare with Boston Children’s current community network/partners?
CWPW becomes a part of Boston Children’s Community of Care, which is guided by the vision of providing an integrated network of pediatric care locations and partnerships. Boston Children’s delivers the highest-quality care in local communities and makes investments to ensure accessibility, affordability and enhancement in pediatric health.

CWPW is a separate organization under Boston’s Children’s parent corporation and will continue to provide care to their patients as they have before. Additionally, CWPW may develop new clinical programs and service offerings through its affiliation with Boston Children’s.

Will Boston Children’s continue to acquire practices this year and beyond?
Boston Children’s explores relationships with other institutions and organizations on an ongoing basis to continue improving access for children and families to high-quality, coordinated pediatric care. CWPW’s well-earned reputation in the tri-state (NY, NJ, CT) area will enhance the leading pediatric network in this region.

As a matter of policy, we do not provide specifics about our ongoing discussions or strategy.

How will clinical quality for CWPW patients be managed once CWPW becomes a part of Boston Children’s Community of Care?
A Governing Council, including leadership from CWPW and Boston Children’s, has been established to oversee patient quality and safety. The current CWPW compliance and quality committees will remain in place and help assure the continued highest levels of quality and safety.

Will resources be diverted from other critical projects at Boston Children’s as a result of this new affiliation?
Boston Children’s has set aside resources to support strategic growth initiatives over the next ten years. Bringing CWPW into Boston Children’s Community of Care is well-aligned with Boston Children’s growth vision. CWPW’s strong financial foundation will be enhanced by being a part Boston Children’s Community of Care and help accelerate growth across the region.

What should I say if I’m asked about this news?
This new affiliation allows both Boston Children’s and CWPW to evolve as part of the leading pediatric care network in the northeast.

If you are contacted by media, please forward them to Rob Graham, Director, Media Relations and National Strategy, at 617-919-3111 or rob.graham@childrens.harvard.edu.

All other third-party inquiries can be forwarded to Suzanne Mcdermott, Implementation Project Director, Ambulatory Services, at 617-919-4084 or suzanne.mcdermott@childrens.harvard.edu.

News

Additional News

Children’s Hospital acquires N.Y. doctors group - Boston Globe

Children's acquires New York physicians group - Boston Business Journal

Boston, MA, May 21, 2015 – Boston Children’s Hospital today announced that Children’s & Women’s Physicians of Westchester (CWPW), a group of more than 276 physicians across 57 locations serving families throughout New York’s Metropolitan Area, the Hudson Valley, Connecticut and New Jersey, will become the newest member of its integrated network of pediatric care locations and partnerships. Upon completion of the transaction, CWPW will become a corporate affiliate and continue providing care to their patients and families.

“While Boston Children’s has long served patients and families from the tri-state area, the affiliation with CWPW will enable us to better serve pediatric patients, who require highly complex care through improved integration,” said Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO of Boston Children’s Hospital. “We look forward to building relationships with the clinicians from CWPW as we work together to build the leading pediatric network in the northeast for children and families across the region.

Boston Children’s Community of Care is guided by the vision of providing a network of pediatric care locations and partnerships. Boston Children’s delivers the highest-quality care in local communities and makes investments to ensure accessibility, affordability and enhancement in pediatric health.

“Joining Boston Children’s is an opportunity to collaborate with additional specialists and take advantage of enhanced expertise both on guidelines and protocols. Patients and families will have the security of knowing that their physician is connected with a world-class team,” said Dr. Leonard Newman, President of Children’s & Women’s Physicians of Westchester.

CWPW physicians led the effort to establish the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center and now serve as the majority of its physicians. CWPW physicians will remain faculty of New York Medical College, continue to staff 10 area NICUs and maintain their current affiliations across the region.

“The quality of the clinical practices and CWPW’s well-established leadership in pediatric care across the tri-state area is aligned with Boston Children’s vision of working collaboratively to provide the best care possible for children and families,” said Kevin Churchwell, MD, Executive Vice President of Health Affairs and Chief Operating Officer. “As part of this vision, we look forward to the continued CWPW collaboration with Westchester Medical Center and NY Medical College.”

The transaction has been approved by the governing bodies of Boston Children’s and CWPW. The deal is expected to close later this summer.

Contact:
Rob Graham
Boston Children’s Hospital
617-919-3111
rob.graham@childrens.harvard.edu

About Boston Children’s Hospital

Founded in 1869 as a 20-bed hospital for children, Boston Children’s Hospital has been ranked as one of the nation’s best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for the past 21 years. Boston Children’s is the primary pediatric teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School and the largest provider of health care to Massachusetts children. In addition to 395 pediatric and adolescent inpatient beds and 228 outpatient programs, Boston Children’s houses the world’s largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center, where its discoveries benefit both children and adults. More than 1,100 scientists, including nine members of the National Academy of Sciences, 11 members of the Institute of Medicine and nine members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute comprise Boston Children’s research community. For more information about the hospital, visit www.childrenshospital.org/newsroom.

Welcome to Boston Children’s Hospital’s
Community of Care

It is with great pride and excitement that welcome the extraordinary team from Children’s & Women’s Physicians of Westchester (CWPW) into Boston Children’s Hospital’s Community of Care.

Boston Children's has been advancing medicine and improving the health of children for more than 140 years. Embedded in our commitment to pediatric care is our efforts to expand the hospital’s landscape while delivering the highest quality care for patients and their families.

Partnering with CWPW will enable us to better serve these families; and we look forward to establishing and building relationships with your pediatricians, specialists and staff.

Resources

Access to resources, information and updates is an important part of our collective fabric. With this in mind, we welcome you to visit this section regularly for a variety of communications including:

     •  Welcome Presentation
     •  News Release
     •  FAQs
     •  Boston Children's Hospital All User
     •  Boston Children's Hospital Welcome Letter to CWPW
     •  CWPW Letter to Clinicians & Staff

Ongoing communications

In support of this transition, we plan to host live meetings with webcast options that will provide insight on our rationale for this announcement followed by answering your questions.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to providing the highest-quality care in the most convenient locations.

Contact

Suzanne Mcdermott
617-919-4084
employeequestions@cwpw.org

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