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    CPMC and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Form Collaborative Relationship

    Physicians working side by side at CPMC

    SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 4, 2012 - California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), part of the Sutter Health network, and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford today announced the formation of a collaborative relationship that will substantially increase Northern California children’s access to highly specialized inpatient hospital care.

    With an official launch date of January 10, pediatric specialty physicians from CPMC and Packard Children’s are now working side by side at the pediatric inpatient units at CPMC’s California Campus. The two organizations have created an entity that will provide day-to-day oversight and support for the collaborative effort. Inpatient units will remain under CPMC’s license and CPMC will have the overall responsibility for patient care.

    Some pediatric specialists from Packard Children’s have already begun to provide on-call specialty coverage at CPMC – an essential component of a comprehensive pediatric specialty hospital program. These include specialists in the areas of general surgery, urology and nephrology. More pediatric specialties will be added in the near future, including orthopedics and neurology.

    Also, as part of the mutual commitment to making care accessible to San Francisco and North Bay families, Packard Children’s physicians will see pediatric patients at offices in San Francisco so that they can follow patients who have been hospitalized at CPMC.

    “As a result of this new relationship, children in San Francisco and the North Bay now have convenient access to more highly specialized inpatient care than ever before,” reported Warren Browner, MD, MPH, CEO of CPMC.
    “Collaborating with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and its physicians is ideal for us,” continued Browner. “Not only do Packard Children’s physicians have a national reputation for providing the highest quality of care, but also their physicians are highly skilled in caring for some of the most complex pediatric cases. This will further augment the expert, personalized care already provided at CPMC.”

    “Our physicians and staff are excited to join with CPMC physicians in providing world-class care to Bay Area families,” said Christopher G. Dawes, president and CEO of Packard Children’s. “CPMC is the perfect organization for us to collaborate with – it has a long-standing and superb reputation in the community and with physicians.”

    Kenneth Cox, MD, chief medical officer at Packard Children’s, saluted the new relationship and its impact. “This is an exciting new venture for both CPMC and Packard,” said Cox, who is also senior associate dean for pediatric and obstetric clinical affairs and professor of pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine. “There will be tremendous benefits for children who require the hospitals’ superior care.”

    Lorry Frankel, MD, chair of CPMC’s Pediatric Division and a pediatric intensive care specialist who came to CPMC in 2010 following 27 years on the staff of Stanford and Packard Children’s, indicated that this collaboration will allow both healthcare organizations to succeed in an extremely challenging pediatric care environment.

    “This collaborative comes at an opportune time,” continued Frankel. “Across the country, inpatient care programs are struggling; children’s hospitals are consolidating, pediatric inpatient care volumes are declining, and recruitment of pediatric specialists is becoming increasingly challenging.”

    “With this new relationship, physicians associated with two superb providers of pediatric care can continue to do what they do best – and, in fact, create a situation where we are better together,” explained Frankel.
    Frankel explained that CPMC and Packard Children’s have informally collaborated on complex pediatric cases for several years.

    “The informal relationship between the two organizations has been extremely successful to date,” reported Frankel. “Now, CPMC has enhanced ability to provide care to high-acuity, complex pediatric cases.”

    About California Pacific Medical Center
    At San Francisco’s California Pacific Medical Center we deliver personal, hands-on care to every single patient, every single day. As one of California’s largest private, community-based, not-for-profit, teaching medical centers, we research the most up-to-date treatments, hire the most qualified individuals, and practice the most modern, innovative medicine available. We deliver the highest quality expert care, with kindness and compassion, in acute, post-acute and outpatient services, as well as preventive and complementary medicine. We also provide disease counseling, family support and wellness treatments. Throughout the entire organization, every member of the CPMC team is committed to giving our patients the individual, hands-on attention they deserve. Every hand plays a part, and every hand has the power to change a life.

    About Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford
    Lucile Packard Children's Hospital is annually ranked as one of the nation's best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, and is the only San Francisco Bay Area children's hospital with programs ranked in the U.S. News Top Ten. The 311-bed hospital is devoted to the care of children and expectant mothers, and provides pediatric and obstetric medical and surgical services in association with the Stanford University School of Medicine. Packard Children's offers patients locally, regionally and nationally a full range of health care programs and services, from preventive and routine care to the diagnosis and treatment of serious illness and injury. For more information, visit

    About Sutter Health
    Serving patients and their families in more than 100 Northern California cities and towns, Sutter Health doctors, not-for-profit hospitals and other health care service providers share resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access. The Sutter Medical Network includes many of California’s top-performing, highest quality physician organizations as measured annually by the Integrated Healthcare Association. Sutter-affiliated hospitals are regional leaders in cardiac care, women’s and children’s services, cancer care, orthopedics and advanced patient safety technology.

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