Stories about: James Mandell

Boston Children’s ranked #1 again

James Mandell, MD, CEO

The 2012-13 edition of U.S.News & World Report’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings has been released, and we’re proud to announce that Boston Children’s Hospital is ranked #1 on the Honor Roll and in the top four of all 10 specialties ranked.

We’re ranked first in Cardiology and Heart Surgery, Nephrology, and Neurology and Neurosurgery; second in Cancer, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Gastroenterology and Urology; third in Neonatology and Orthopedics; and fourth in Pulmonology.

Boston Children’s was the only hospital in New England named to the U.S.News Honor Roll.

The ranking reflects the dedication of our caregivers, researchers, staff, volunteers and referring doctors across Boston Children’s community of care, and speaks to the collective commitment to improving the quality of outcomes for each and every family that comes through our doors.

In honor of that dedication we made a brief video showcasing some of our amazing patients and staff.

We’re proud of the recognition, and of the hard-working people who earned it. If you’re proud of Boston Children’s too, please share this video on your Facebook page, through Twitter and blogs, and let the world know what being part of the Boston Children’s family means to you.

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Globe article highlights Children's efforts to reduce cost, improve quality

Sandra Fenwick, president and COO

With controlling health care costs high on the list of public policy priorities, Children’s Hospital Boston has been a leader in reducing costs in a way that continues to improve quality. A story in yesterday’s Boston Globe highlights some of our initiatives, including the fact that we voluntarily reduced our prices and rates to private insurers and to Medicaid-managed care programs by $90 million over the last year and a half. Importantly, the article also points out the fact that pediatric care is more expensive to deliver than adult care and that Children’s costs are closely aligned with those of other pediatric-only hospitals around the country; this is a message we’ve been trying to share in discussions with the government and payers in the last several years.

The initiatives described in the article—including working closely with insurers to reduce fees for high-volume appointments and tests, developing payment structures that reward quality and innovation, and an effort to have children with recurrent headaches seen in the most effective and cost-efficient setting—are only a few of the hundreds of projects underway across the hospital. This comprehensive, multi-pronged, data-driven continuous effort  to improve quality and reduce unnecessary resource utilization has driven much of our thinking and planning in the last several years, and will continue to do so for many years to come.

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Decisions at the ballot box

James Mandell, MD, CEO

James Mandell, MD, is chief executive officer at Children’s Hospital Boston. In the following post he weighs in on some issues facing Massachusetts voters on Tuesday.

The weather is getting cooler and the leaves are blowing about—a sure sign that fall has arrived in New England. Another staple of the season are the seemingly incessant TV advertisements and phone calls reminding us of an upcoming election. While campaigns can be tiresome, it helps to remember how fortunate we are to live in a democracy that guarantees every American a voice in the direction of our country.

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Hula-hooping for health

Earlier this month, The New York Times reported that hula-hooping is making a comeback, and that fitness aficionados are turning to the simple hoops to help get them in shape. This got us thinking that it might be a great way to help kids get the exercise they need, so we wandered the halls and gardens of Children’s Hospital Boston and videotaped some of our patients hooping.

We quickly found that actress and hula hoop enthusiast Marisa Tomei was right when she said, “You just can’t help but laugh and smile when you’re hooping.” We also found that hooping isn’t just for kids…parents, employees, even the CEO of the hospital, Dr. James Mandell, got into the spirit. Enjoy the video and happy hooping!

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