The Year Behind and the Road Ahead for Children’s Hospitals

Top 5 issues shaping post-pandemic priorities

Children’s hospitals are pulling through the pandemic with unique challenges and opportunities. The impact on individual pediatric organizations varies depending on ingoing financial position, organizational structure, level of relief funding, local disease prevalence, state/county pandemic response, and expediency and consistency of volume recovery.

This report provides a snapshot of how children’s health systems across the U.S. fared during this unprecedented time. In interviews with more than 20 children’s hospitals, C-suite leaders weighed in on how the pandemic uniquely impacted them and how they are pivoting for a new normal.

Key areas include patient volume, skyrocketing behavioral and mental health needs, financial performance improvement efforts, virtual care integration, and workforce issues. This report outlines benchmarks from our children’s hospital survey and imperatives for addressing these pressing issues to succeed in the new reality.

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Authors

Stacy Melvin
Director and Provider Enterprise Practice Leader
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Melissa Anderson
Director and Pediatric Segment Leader
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Brian Thygesen
Principal and Pediatric Segment Leader
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Ian Dumont
Engagement Manager
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“95% of respondents indicate that improving financial performance is in the top 3 organizational priorities. Despite the clear recognition of the need to improve financial performance coming out of the last year, many are still in the early stages of their efforts.”

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