This summer, Children’s Hospital Boston began construction on a 121,000 square- foot structure dedicated to clinical services and inpatient rooms. Some existing double-occupancy rooms may be turned into single-occupancy rooms. Expanded facilities are for Pharmacy, Surgery and Neuroimaging planned, as well as a courtyard that will provide natural light to all floors and a relaxing gathering place for families. The expansion—located on Binney Street—will connect to our existing main building.
The bottom two floors will be dedicated to Radiology, the Emergency Department—which will more than double in size and gain eight new observation beds—and an expanded, 12-bed recovery area for Surgery. The space should be ready for occupancy by summer 2013.
Children’s ranked first in more specialties than any other children’s hospital in the nation, according to the 2010-11 edition of Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. Children’s is first in Heart & Heart Surgery, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Urology & Kidney.
Children’s is the only hospital to place in the top three in all 10 specialties. It ranks second in Diabetes & Endocrinology and Neonatology, and third in Cancer, Gastroenterology and Pulmonary.
Unlike in previous years, this edition doesn’t rank the overall institutions. Instead, it identifies an honor roll of 10 hospitals that rank in all 10 specialties. The “Best Children’s Hospitals” ranking will be published in the August print issue of U.S. News & World Report.
Faculty from Children’s, including Richard C. Antonelli, MD, MS, and Niraj Sharma, MD, MPH, from General Pediatrics, make up the Boston-based leadership team in the newly awarded National Center for Health Care Transitions, with funding from the U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
The initiative will design and implement care models that support the integration and transition of care for youth with special health needs from pediatric to adult systems in primary care, Medical Home and subspecialty settings. The project will include multidisciplinary pediatric and adult clinical teams, including physicians, nurses and social workers from Children’s, Martha Eliot Health Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Brookside Community Health, and Westwood-Mansfield Pediatrics. Subspecialty partners are the Cystic Fibrosis Center and the Sickle Cell Disease clinics at Children’s and Boston Medical Center.
The center will include an Advisory Cabinet, which will inform the development of policies relating to health care transitions. David R. DeMaso, MD, chief of Psychiatry, Gregory Sawicki, MD, MPH, from Respiratory Diseases, and Dr. Antonelli will play key advisory roles.
On June 8, Children’s broadcast a live Webcast of a pial synangiosis on a patient with moyamoya disease. The one-hour Webcast featured Neurosurgeon-in-Chief, R. Michael Scott, MD, and Edward R. Smith, MD, assistant in Neurosurgery, as the surgeon and moderator, respectively.
Moyamoya occurs when the internal carotid arteries at the base of the brain become progressively narrowed, shutting off blood supply to the brain. The procedure, pioneered by Dr. Scott, involves relocating a healthy blood vessel, the superficial temporal artery, from the scalp to the surface of the brain.
This Webcast is part of Children’s ongoing effort to bring knowledge of advanced care and technology to specialists and referring physicians around the world. The archive is now available for viewing.
View the video: childrenshospital.org/webcasts
Children’s Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research (CeASAR) recently launched teen-safe.org, a Web site that offers parents medical and practical information about the dangers of teen drinking and drug use, and offers tips on how to prevent drinking and substance abuse.
Hosted by John R. Knight, MD, and Sion Harris, PhD, CPH, the program has already been adopted by the Milton public school system, which is making the Web site required homework for parents. Adults with children graduating this year will be encouraged to visit the site, learn about the risk factors associated with teenage drinking and substance abuse and complete a short quiz testing their knowledge. When finished, parents receive a certificate of completion, which they are asked to send into school with their child as part of his or her “check-out” process for graduation.