As you have probably heard, there are some exciting things happening at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR). Not only was CHoR recently ranked among the nation’s top children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, but VCU Health System has announced a proposed model for a new, free-standing children’s hospital! The momentum for advancing children’s health is incredible.Because so many things have happened in such a short time, we know there will be questions. The information below addresses recurring questions related to VCU’s announcement regarding plans for a new, free-standing children’s hospital:
How will this new hospital model benefit children over what we have today?
- CHoR has nearly a one hundred year legacy of providing for children’s health, and it currently offers top pediatric talent, programs and services dedicated to children, and facilities that have been adapted and renovated to best support them. The new children’s hospital will give us the opportunity to design inpatient facilities from the ground up to fully integrate all aspects of pediatric care, including a child-centric environment to support the health and healing of children and their families.
Who will own the hospital? How will it be governed?
- The new children’s hospital would remain a part of the VCU Medical Center network of services but would have its own governing board with community representation, and its own management structure. Any financial margin from the new hospital would be reinvested back into children’s services.
When will the VCU Health System Authority make a final decision regarding the proposed children’s hospital?
- Leadership at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU already has launched a series of community meetings and will continue to meet with parents, physicians and other community members to review the proposed model and gather input. VCU has assembled a small group of the Health System Authority board to work together with hospital leadership to the spend the next 90 days engaging key stakeholders in review of the model in order to come back with a more fully developed proposal for the board’s consideration.
How will the new facility be funded?
- The funding for the new hospital is expected to come from a combination of the VCU Health System financing and, through Children’s Hospital Foundation, philanthropic community support.
How does this impact the new Children’s Pavilion currently under construction?
- CHoR’s new Children’s Pavilion currently under construction is a direct response to the growing demand for outpatient children’s services. This facility will bring together under one roof nearly all outpatient pediatric health care specialists and services to enhance coordination of care in a facility designed to improve the patient and family experience. The facility is on schedule and still expected to open in 2015.
When would a new children’s hospital be built?
- From the time the decision is made, it would take approximately 5 years from planning to occupancy, including funding, state approval, architectural design, and construction.
Will the new hospital be built in collaboration with PACKids?
- The physicians – both specialists and community pediatricians – are the foundation for a strong children’s hospital. We have been, and will continue to collaborate with all physicians over the next several months to achieve our shared vision of a freestanding children’s hospital dedicated to the care of all children.
Will the new hospital be built in collaboration with other hospitals?
- The proposed model has not assumed the transfer of pediatric services from other hospitals in the community. Other hospitals are not precluded, and our door remains open to all discussions that advance children’s health, enhance the patient experience and result in health care cost savings.
Thanks to the Richmond community for your ongoing support. Together we are making strides towards advancing children’s health and ensuring Richmond’s children have the best possible care.