February 28, 2011
BOSTON - Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown, along with Congressman Stephen F. Lynch, today announced that Children's Hospital Boston will receive $1,993,179 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to establish the Children's Hospital Boston Center of Excellence for Quality Measurement to improve how healthcare is delivered to children in America.
In 2009, the Child Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act called for a national Pediatric Quality Measures Program to convene experts, solicit public input, and build infrastructure to provide measures that can significantly advance the quality of children's healthcare. The Center is being established in response to that requirement.
"For decades Children's Hospital Boston has delivered first rate care to kids in Massachusetts and children who come here from across the country for life saving treatment," said Sen. Kerry. "This investment will help continue this groundbreaking work."
"I am pleased that Children's Hospital Boston has received this grant, enabling them to continue their leading role in measuring and improving the quality of care they provide to children from across the world," said Sen. Brown.
"Children's Hospital is a blessing to Boston and to its patients and families from around the world. It provides pediatric care for thousands of young people each year," said Rep. Lynch. "I am greatly encouraged to see that Children's Hospital has been awarded this grant which will allow them to continue to provide the superb healthcare which has become a tradition."
"Measuring and reporting quality of health care is a key tool to try to assure that all children receive excellent care," said the Director of the new Center, Mark A. Schuster, MD, PhD, Chief, Division of General Pediatrics at Children's Hospital Boston, and William Berenberg Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. "We are excited about the opportunity to participate in this effort to improve quality for children across the U.S."
Children's Hospital Boston is home to the world's largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center. The new Center of Excellence for Quality Measurement will build on this foundation by providing research expertise, clinical experience, and direct access to diverse healthcare delivery settings and patient populations that are needed to produce meaningful measures that can significantly advance the quality of children's healthcare.