In an unprecedented collaboration, Maryland’s two academic medical systems have agreed to share ownership of Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, the Baltimore-based specialty care and rehabilitation hospital for infants and children with complex medical needs. The agreement by University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) and The Johns Hopkins Health System to each share a 50% interest has been approved by the boards of directors of each institution.
Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital (MWPH) is now wholly owned by Baltimore Washington Medical Center, formerly North Arundel Hospital, which in turn is wholly owned by UMMS. The agreement will become effective July 1, 2006. The pediatric hospital, which was founded in 1922, provides inpatient, outpatient, transitional, chronic and post-surgical care and day treatment programs and is licensed for 56 pediatric specialty beds and 46 rehabilitation beds. MWPH serves children locally, nationally and internationally.
“Our goal is to take rehabilitation and transitional care for children in Maryland to the next level,” said Edmond F. Notebaert, President and Chief Executive Officer of UMMS. “As former President and Chief Executive Officer of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, I’ve seen extraordinary things happen when the finest health care professionals are brought together to focus on the needs of children. By uniting the remarkable talents of Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland in service to children, we strengthen Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital and create new opportunities to improve care and expand programs. This, in turn, will allow Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital to strengthen its position as a leader in the provision of rehabilitation and transitional care for children.”
Ronald R. Peterson, President, The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System and Executive Vice President, Johns Hopkins Medicine, also noted the significance of the two institutions partnering. “In the increasingly competitive world of health care delivery, this venture represents a wonderful example of an important collaborative relationship Hopkins will enjoy with the University of Maryland Medical System,” he said. “It is a collaboration that will greatly benefit our community and many of the youngest, most vulnerable patients in that community. We look forward to further building on our relationship with the University of Maryland Medical System and the Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital to improve the health of chronically ill children.”
The medical chairs of the pediatric departments at University of Maryland School of Medicine and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine also see opportunity for enhanced pediatric care resulting from the new partnership.
“Those of us who care for children with serious health needs are always concerned about the wellbeing of our patients once they leave our acute care setting. We are fortunate to have Mt.Washington Pediatric Hospital as an excellent resource for our pediatric patients once they are discharged from the University of Maryland Hospital for Children,” says Steven J. Czinn, M.D., Chairman of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and head of the University of Maryland Hospital for Children. “This partnership will assure the strength of that resource for years to come.”
“The Johns Hopkins Children’s Center has had a longstanding relationship with the Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital in sharing the medical management of that institution with the University of Maryland Medical System,” said George J. Dover, M.D., Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “This new relationship further formalizes our historic role with the hospital and will further help us improve and better coordinate care for our sick pediatric patients requiring intensive care in an appropriate setting before they can return home.”
For many years, both UMMS and Hopkins have admitted patients to MWPH for rehabilitation and transitional care, as have other hospitals in the region, and that will continue. The agreement is expected to ensure that the two major medical facilities, both of which operate major children’s hospitals focusing on tertiary and complex acute care, can provide the continuum of care their pediatric patients require.
“This partnership between University of Maryland Medical System and The Johns Hopkins Health System is a giant advance for the children who need our care,” said Sheldon J. Stein, President and Chief Executive Officer of the pediatric hospital, which was established more than 80 years ago when a medical social worker named Hortense Kahn Eliasberg opened a home where children could recuperate from illness and surgery. “Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital has evolved to become exceptionally skilled and successful in helping children and their families transition from acute illness or rehabilitation back to their lives, their communities and their schools,” Stein said.
Once the agreement is completed, the board of MWPH will consist of representatives from the community and the institutions, with half appointed by UMMS and half by The Johns Hopkins Health System. The change is not expected to have any major impact on programs or operations.
About Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital
Founded in 1922, Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital is a 102-bed pediatric and rehabilitation hospital located in northwest Baltimore offering highly individualized, flexible, family-centered care for children with complex medical and rehabilitation needs. The hospital offers on-site educational instruction through the Baltimore City School System. The hospital is one of the few outpatient centers in the Mid-Atlantic area for children with asthma and other respiratory illnesses, operates the largest sleep disorder program for children in the region, is one of the few treatment programs regionally for children with obsessive-compulsive disorder, and recently introduced an innovative program to help obese children with weight management.
About University of Maryland Medical System
The University of Maryland Medical System is a six-hospital system with academic, community and specialty service missions reaching every part of Maryland, the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond. The Medical System has 11,000 employees, more than 1,600 licensed beds and revenues of $1.5 billion. The six hospitals that make up the Medical System are:
Effective July 1, 2006, the University of Maryland Medical System will expand to include Shore Health System of Easton, MD, the leading provider of health care to five counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Shore Health System includes Dorchester General Hospital in Cambridge, the Memorial Hospital at Easton, and a range of outpatient diagnostic and treatment facilities.
About The Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation
The Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation (JHHS) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing the highest quality patient health care in the treatment and prevention of human illness. JHHS is an academically based health system consisting of:
JHHS’ most important collaboration is with The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. This collaboration is known as “Johns Hopkins Medicine”, a vehicle for internal operational coordination and a united voice for external initiatives. Johns Hopkins Medicine allows these two distinct yet interdependent organizations to respond in an integrated fashion to opportunities and pressures affecting the Johns Hopkins medical enterprise. Two important operational entities of Johns Hopkins Medicine are Johns Hopkins HealthCare LLC and The Johns Hopkins Home Care Group, Inc.