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VCU Approves Discussions on Independent Children’s Hospital

The Richmond area is closer to an independently operated,  free-standing children’s hospital after the VCU Health System Board of Directors agreed to discuss formally the possibility with “interested parties” in a 17-3 vote yesterday. 

VCU had announced in June that it planned to pursue building a free-standing children’s hospital affiliated with the health system and governed by a board that included community representatives and staffed  by both VCU and community doctors, but with control over research and doctor training.  Now, the board has authorized senior officials to talk with a group called Pediatritions Association to Care For Kids or Packids who have lobbied for a fully independent children’s hospital.  Packids is supported by philanthropists Bill and Alice Goodman, who have offered to fund a significant share, but only if it were independently operated.  Packids leaders yesterday issued a statement that they were grateful and thrilled at what they called a historic decision for medical care for children in Central Virginia.