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Trending: More children's hospitals are partnering with local facilities

Many children's hospitals throughout the nation are finding new and strategic ways to partner with local and regional facilities, according to the US News & World Report.

A panel of healthcare officials discussed the issue at the publication's annual healthcare conference in Washington, D.C.

Here are three ways executives at the following children's hospitals explained their reasons for seeking out potential partners.

1.  Palo Alto, Calif.-based Lucile Packard Children's Hospital maintains joint ventures with five other local healthcare facilities and more than 200 healthcare facilities across eight states. Kim Roberts, chief strategy officer and CAO of physician practices at Lucile Packard, said partnerships provide healthcare facilities the opportunity to provide quality, specialized care, according to the article.

2. Jeff Sperring, MD, CEO of Seattle Children's Hospital said the facility has 41 outreach sites in Washington, Alaska, Idaho and Montana. According to Dr. Sperring, there is no need for some hospitals to build their own facilities if Seattle Children's can be just as good a partner and provide high-quality care.

3. Washington, D.C.-based Children's National Health System Executive Vice President and CEO of Hospital and Specialty Services David Wessel, MD, said the more than 28 healthcare partners the system maintains are key to the health system's success, according to the article. The system also developed a partnership with Falls Church, Va.-based Inova Health System to provide quality pediatric care to residents in the northern Virginia area, according to the article.

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