Baystate Children’s Hospital, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Announce Partnership in Pediatric Neurosurgery

Baystate Children’s Hospital and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center are furthering their clinical collaboration with a new partnership in pediatric neurosurgery.
Jonathan Martin, MD, a board-certified pediatric neurosurgeon employed by Connecticut Children’s, will see patients in Springfield at Baystate Children’s Hospital. Patients who require evaluation for brain- and nervous-system-related surgical care can now receive these services at Baystate Children’s Hospital as well as Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
The new partnership in pediatric neurosurgery advances a clinical collaboration that the two organizations announced last October, aimed at increasing the availability, sophistication, and coordination of pediatric services throughout the Connecticut River Valley.
“We’re thrilled to announce that our collaboration is moving forward to provide sophisticated neurosurgical care for kids here in Western Mass.,” said Charlotte Boney, MD, Chair of Pediatrics at Baystate Children’s Hospital. “This is the first time such services will be available in our community, and it’s another step forward in our efforts to provide the best in healthcare right here in the Pioneer Valley.”
Said Fernando Ferrer, MD, Chief Physician Executive at Connecticut Children’s, “our main goal, in exploring a closer relationship with Baystate Children’s has been to increase the availability of high-level, high-quality and well-coordinated pediatric services to the Hartford and Springfield communities. Sharing clinical resources helps us achieve that goal, and deliver greater value to our patients in the care we provide. We’re proud to be extending the reach of advanced neurosurgical care to the Pioneer Valley with Dr. Martin.”
Martin’s practice focuses exclusively on the treatment of children, encompassing the full range of pediatric neurosurgical disease. Services provided include the management of complex hydrocephalus, spinal dysraphism and other malformations, craniofacial surgery, neuro-oncology, neurotrauma, and congenital and acquired spinal disease. Martin provides minimally invasive treatments to a number of diseases to include the management of hydrocephalus, intracranial and skull base tumors, craniosynostosis, and spinal disease. He has particular interest and experience in the surgical treatment of craniocervical abnormalities and complex spinal reconstruction. He is an assistant professor of surgery and neurosurgery at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.
“I am honored and excited to be part of this inter-institutional and programmatic collaboration, with Baystate, CT Children’s and our respective Neurosciences programs,” said Martin, neurosurgeon at Connecticut Children’s. “I’m looking forward to building upon an excellent foundation as we collaborate with a multidisciplinary team to create a comprehensive pediatric neuroscience program on both sides of the border to ensure pediatric patients receive timely, high quality and locally accessible care.”
This is the first of several anticipated collaborations between the organizations this year, including potential research to expedite discovery and treatment of pediatric conditions.
Connecticut Children’s is a clinical affiliate of the UConn School of Medicine; Baystate Children’s is part of the western campus of Tufts University School of Medicine. Both facilities are Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and both have been recognized by U.S. News and World Report among the top U.S. children’s hospitals.