Here’s some required reading to help you understand VCU’s announcement about a new, free-standing children’s hospital.
Today VCU Health Systems announced “that it has proposed a model for a new, free-standing children’s hospital to the VCU Health System Authority for its consideration.” Seems great, right? Who wouldn’t want a hospital dedicated to helping kids. The whole story behind Richmond’s lack of a free-standing, comprehensive children’s hospital is complicated and involves many of the city’s major players.
Here are a couple of must-reads to help you familiarize yourself with what’s happening and to put some context around today’s announcement.
- PACKids (Pediatricians Associated to Care for Kids) is an organization lobbying for the construction of a free-standing, comprehensive children’s hospital. Their FAQ is a great place to start to learn some of the terms and issues associated with this discussion.
- This article in Style Weekly from April 2nd does a great job of breaking down some of the concerns with a new comprehensive children’s hospital, both financial and logistical. It’ll also give you an idea of the players involved: VCU, HCA, Bon Secours, and William H. Goodwin, Jr.
- This article, published on Richmond Magazine’s website today, details what some of the fallout could be if the aforementioned players fail (or decide not to) cooperate.
- Here’s the VCU release.
- And, finally, here’s PACKids response to VCU’s announcement:
PACKids remains focused on collaboration to build one independent hospital for central Virginia’s children
PACKids welcomes the announcement by VCU Health System in regards to building a free-standing hospital for children. Our board believes this is absolutely a step in the right direction, a step toward collaboration and solution finding with all the healthcare systems.
PACKids’ goal has always been a collaborative effort with all the health systems, the community, and our pediatricians, working together to build a successful, sustainable, world- class independent hospital for all Virginia’s children. With VCU now stepping up to the plate, we know we can make it happen.
PACKids looks forward to working with the healthcare systems and the philanthropic community to make sure we avoid the mistakes of other cities where competing children’s hospitals have been built. We have one chance to do this right and we believe we can work together to make the right decisions for our children and our families.
We look forward to pulling together a task force that can begin working on the details with VCU, Bon Secours and HCA along with interested community members. This is truly a monumental day for Virginia’s families.
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