Children's National Health System and HSC Health Care System signed a letter of intent to form a partnership that aims to better coordinate care for children and young adults in the Washington, D.C. area.
The goal is to build on the organizations' integrated care models, which is especially important as families navigate the many layers of pediatric care, executives said.
"The patients and families we serve are required to navigate a complex system with a multitude of specialists and services required for their care. Together, we know we can make it easier for children and young adults with complex needs to access care," Dr. Nathaniel Beers, president and CEO of HSC, said in a statement.
The organizations did not immediately respond to questions regarding the partnership's operating structure.
Washington, D.C.-based Children's National includes The Sheikh Zayed Campus for Advanced Children's Medicine, an acute-care hospital with 316 beds, seven outpatient centers, a primary care network, the Children's National Health Network with 1,400 affiliated pediatricians and the Children's Research Institute. It has nearly 7,000 employees.
HSC, which operates under the HSC Foundation, includes a pediatric specialty hospital, a home health agency and a health plan. It operates the HSC Pediatric Center, an inpatient sub-acute facility in D.C., three outpatient facilities in D.C. and Maryland, HSC Home Care in D.C., HSC Home & Residential Services in Maryland, and Health Services for Children with Special Needs, a health plan for Supplemental Security Income-eligible children and young adults up to 26 years old in D.C.