Thank You: You Helped Build Hope

Seattle Children's Hospital recently opened the doors to Building Hope - and could never have done so without your support.

Building Hope opening

Guild members celebrate the opening of Building Hope at an event in March.

Every project or event your guild organizes throughout the year, whether it's an auction, a bunco party or a toy drive, helps give hope to children and their families.

Building Hope Guild News

Over the last six years, your steadfast advocacy and support have helped Seattle Children's build hope by bringing the much-needed addition to the hospital's main campus from vision to reality. The facility we call Building Hope includes a new Cancer Care Unit, Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit, with state-of-the-art medical space designed with the privacy and comfort families need.

The results of your efforts can be seen throughout the facility's 330,000 square feet. Here are some of the ways your contributions helped Children's grow and are improving the hospital experience for patients and families:

Getting the go-ahead

During the public-approval process for Children's plan for growth, you wrote letters, posted yard signs, rallied at Seattle City Hall and attended City Council committee meetings to show your support. Thanks in no small part to your advocacy, the expansion plans were approved, and we've now opened the doors to patients.

Supporting young adults with cancer

The Guild Association's Funding Focus (PDF) initiative in the years 2009 to 2011 supported Children's Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Oncology Program. "Your support of this program had a snowball effect," says Dr. Rebecca Johnson, AYA Program medical director. "It helped our AYA program gain national prominence that ultimately led to us having a dedicated space in Building Hope for teens and young adults with cancer."

Providing an outdoor space for families to enjoy

Guild Association trustees recently voted to fund a portion of the Rooftop Terrace as a 2014 Funding Focus initiative. The terrace is adjacent to the teen cancer unit and will be especially meaningful for patients there, who can't risk exposure to infections by traveling through the hospital. For the first time, they will be able to spend time outdoors while they're at Children's.

Delivering "building-warming" gifts

Many of you who toured Building Hope in March purchased "building-warming" gifts: plants for the surrounding landscape and items for our teen and critical-care patients. Guild members also remain the most consistent donors of handmade hats, blankets, quilts, pillowcases and other items for kids in the hospital. Building Hope provides 80 additional inpatient beds, and your handmade items will comfort more families than ever before.

Keeping our founding promise

In fiscal year 2012, Seattle Children's provided more than $113 million in uncompensated care. Opening Building Hope means more beds, more patients and very likely the provision of more uncompensated care. Guild fundraising for uncompensated care enables the hospital to keep its founding promise to the community: to provide care regardless of a family's ability to pay.

Thank you for being a part of this major milestone as we expand to meet the growing needs of our community and give hope to families facing medical crises. "I see hope within every guild member I meet - hope for healthy children today and for a better future tomorrow," says Aileen Kelly, Guild Association executive director. "It's that hope that makes our guild network so special."