Happy New Year from Boston Children’s Hospital! We asked some of our leaders, surgeons and doctors to share their hopes for 2016. We hope that their words bring inspiration, peace and wellness to you for the new year.
In 2016, I hope — or more accurately, I know — we will work together as a team across our Boston Children’s Hospital to continue to provide the highest quality, state-of-the-art care to children in our community and across the globe, while striving toward the breakthroughs in science, innovation and care that will help us to build a brighter future for everyone.
~ Sandra L. Fenwick, CEO
Children with serious chronic illness are increasingly being denied access to medications because of restrictive payor policies and red tape. My wish for 2016 is that physician and payors can agree on ways to make it easier for children to get the medically necessary treatments they need.
~ Dr. Athos Bousvaros, Associate Chief, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
I hope all the people in the world come to their senses and focus on all the similarities we share rather than the differences and actually learn lessons from the children of the world who seem to be much better than adults when it comes to being inclusive.
~ Dr. Fatma Dedeoglu, Division of Allergy and Immunology
I hope Boston Children’s continues to be the destination not only for patients from around the world in need of superb care, but also as the institution of choice for the many professionals here whose work is so important to what we offer. I have been at Boston Children’s for 30 years, as a resident, fellow and faculty, and it is because of the nurses, pharmacists, physicians, scientists and trainees that make it the place I want to stay. What depth and breadth of skills and knowledge support our mission! I hope 2016 brings new staff, trainees and faculty with great ideas for improving patient care, for understanding and reversing disease and for making Boston Children’s great!
~ Dr. Lisa Diller, Chief Medical Officer, Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center
I hope in 2016 we can work together toward providing not just the world’s most advanced pediatric care and research but also delivering an unparalleled quality experience for every patient — and to accomplish all of that while providing such a superb work environment that every morning, each of our employees wakes up feeling happy and fortunate to be coming to work at Boston Children’s Hospital.
~ Dr. David Hunter, Ophthalmologist-in-Chief
Innovative therapies for pediatric and congenital heart disease have literally transformed the landscape for affected individuals and their families. My hope for 2016 is that every child with heart disease achieves the best possible outcome through continuing advances in catheter-based and surgical technology, molecular medicine and clinical care.~ Dr. James Lock, Cardiologist-in-Chief
My hope for 2106 is that all children, in all countries, can obtain the medical care, help and support they need so they can achieve health, wellness and security; our next generation deserves this, and Boston Children’s Hospital is committed to this global vision.
~ Dr. John Meara, Plastic Surgeon-in-Chief
Over the past few years there has been tremendous progress within the institution towards working together as one enterprise, with improved patient access and dedication to service. My wish is that our cutting edge research and clinical care are matched by unparalleled service to patients and their families, providing an outstanding patient-centered care experience until every child is well.
~ Dr. Mark Proctor, Interim Neurosurgeon-in-Chief
~ Dr. Reza Rahbar, Associate Otolaryngologist-in-Chief
I hope families will feel comfortable sharing their values and their views with their children’s doctors and nurses. Families play a key role in their children’s care, and we want to create an environment in which they feel they can ask questions and get the information they need from us to make decisions.
~ Dr. Mark Schuster, Chief, Division of General Pediatrics
My hope for the New Year is that our orthopedic and sports medicine teams continue to build on their excellence in clinical care and innovative research so we achieve major breakthroughs in 2016. The children we care for, particularly those with major disabilities, and their families with limited resources, well deserve our dedication, focus and empathic care. May 2016 be a year of unprecedented advancement!
~ Dr. Peter Waters, Orthopedic Surgeon-in-Chief