Hartford, CT – Connecticut Children’s and Hartford HealthCare today announced they have formed a Pediatric Care Alliance to provide the children and families of Connecticut with the highest level of coordinated medical care, as close to home as possible.

This unique alliance builds on both organizations’ historic collaboration on programs like kidney transplants, adult congenital heart disease, injury prevention and neonatal care. The Pediatric Care Alliance will enhance the experience of patients, their caregivers and providers. It will enable more streamlined care for children and families when and where they need it — spanning infancy, childhood, adolescence and young adulthood, and transition to adult care.

“Hartford HealthCare is extremely proud to partner in this meaningful way with Connecticut Children’s. We’re building this alliance to advance pediatric expertise, enhance services and improve access and quality outcomes for our youngest patients and their families,” said Jeffrey A. Flaks, President and CEO of Hartford HealthCare. “We’ve worked together for more than 20 years to improve care delivery, and this new clinical affiliation demonstrates our combined commitment to all families in Connecticut.”

“Connecticut Children’s is proud to partner with Hartford HealthCare and form this Care Alliance. We partner throughout the region to care for all children. The Care Alliance joins an integrated adult health system, Hartford HealthCare, with our pediatric experts to establish a care continuum that supports high quality pediatric care close to home,” said Jim Shmerling, DHA, FACHE, President and CEO of Connecticut Children’s. “We want to make it easier for children who need specialized care to access services and experts that can’t be provided in the local community.”

This Pediatric Care Alliance will foster innovation in exploring opportunities to advance pediatric health care in the communities we serve. Connecticut Children’s will be the pediatric partner of choice as the Pediatric Care Alliance considers how to enhance access to Connecticut Children’s expert pediatric care in locations close to home and by video visits – when and where it’s most convenient, ensuring access to care available through the Hartford HealthCare system of care for pediatric patients and as they transition to adult care. 

Connecticut Children’s and Hartford HealthCare are proud to partner to provide pediatric care close to home through our award-winning and internationally recognized team of experts.

Media Contact:

mbuchanan [at] connecticutchildrens.org (Monica Buchanan), Senior Director, Strategic Communications
Connecticut Children’s

Hartford Healthcare
tina.verona [at] hhchealth.org (Tina Verona)
(860) 310-7640

About Connecticut Children’s
Connecticut Children’s is the only hospital in Connecticut dedicated exclusively to the care of children and ranked one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and a Magnet® designated hospital. Connecticut Children’s provides more than 30 pediatric specialties along with community-based programs to uniquely care for the physical, social, and emotional needs of children. Our team of pediatric experts and care coordinators bring access to breakthrough research, advanced treatments for both rare and common diseases, and innovative health and safety programs to every child. Connecticut Children’s is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to improve access to healthcare for all children through convenient locations, care alliances and partnerships.

Connecticut Children’s provides the highest level of coordinated care to the children of Connecticut and the region. As the only independent children’s health system in the state of CT, by partnering with adult health systems across the state, we are able to bring more pediatric services to the community, making it easier for children to receive the specialty care they need, when they need it. Connecticut Children’s is committed to providing expert specialty care through every stage of a child’s development, from newborn all the way through transition from adolescence to adulthood. Connecticut Children’s is nationally recognized for advancing leadership and innovation in the family-centered care of newborns, children and young adults. The Connecticut Children’s Care Alliance includes partnerships with 13 hospitals across CT and NY.

About Hartford HealthCare

Hartford HealthCare is Connecticut’s most comprehensive health system. With 30,000 colleagues and total operating revenue of $4.3 billion, Hartford HealthCare has cultivated a strong, unified culture of accountability and innovation. Its care-delivery system, with more than 360 locations serving 185 towns and cities, includes two tertiary-level teaching hospitals, an acute-care community teaching hospital, an acute-care hospital and trauma center, three community hospitals, the state’s most extensive behavioral health network, a large multispecialty physician group, a clinical care organization, a regional home care system, an array of senior care services, and a large physical therapy and rehabilitation network. Hartford HealthCare’s unique, system-wide Institute Model offers a single, high standard of care in crucial specialties at hospital and ambulatory sites across Connecticut. The institutes include: Cancer, Heart and Vascular, Ayer Neuroscience, Orthopedics and Tallwood Urology. Visit Hartford HealthCare at www.hartfordhealthcare.org