Children's joins MissionPoint network

Two of the region's biggest health care systems teaming up

The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt has signed on to be part of the hospital and physician network run by MissionPoint Health Partners, the accountable care organization launched by Saint Thomas Health Services in 2012.

As part of the agreement between two of the region's health care colossi, the 271-bed main Children's facility and its more than 20 outpatient centers around the region will be the exclusive provider of pediatric care to MissionPoint's more than 100,000 members.

“We’re pleased Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt has chosen to join the MissionPoint network,” said MissionPoint CEO Jason Dinger. “Meeting the diverse needs of our members is a top priority for us. With this addition to our network, our members now have access to specialized care at one of the nation’s leading pediatric facilities should the need arise.”

Until now, MissionPoint’s hospital network included only the four area centers run by Saint Thomas. The ACO's network also includes more than 100 outpatient locations providing surgery, imaging, skilled nursing and other services. In all, more than 1,600 providers in about 60 specialties are part of its offerings.

"Through this relationship with MissionPoint Health Partners children and families across Middle Tennessee, including many of those now covered by Network E plans offered through the insurance exchanges, will enjoy greater access to care," said Wright Pinson (pictured), deputy vice chancellor for health affairs at Vanderbilt and CEO of the Vanderbilt Health System. "Families covered by MissionPoint are assured ready access to the region’s most comprehensive array of pediatric health care services."