Seattle Children’s Hospital Celebrates Growth With Site Dedication Ceremony

First phase of expansion will open for service in 2013

Today, Seattle Children’s hosted a site dedication ceremony to celebrate the first construction phase of the hospital’s expansion plan to move from a 254-bed facility, to a 500 to 600-bed facility by 2030. Photos from the event can be found here:

The event drew members of the community, patients and their families, Children’s staff, Senator Scott White, Children’s CEO Dr. Tom Hansen, as well as project partners Sellen Construction, ZGF Architects LLP and the Seneca Group. Building Hope, the first phase of the expansion, will be completed in 2013.

Serving a four-state region including Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho, Children’s launched this expansion to serve a growing regional pediatric population that is increasing faster than the national average. It will add 330,000 square feet of space to Children’s, and includes 60 to 80 additional inpatient beds for cancer and critical care patients. An improved emergency department will also be built if enough funding is raised.

“We’re expanding our Seattle campus to better serve our most vulnerable patients, including children who need services like cancer and emergency care,” shared Lisa Brandenburg, senior vice president and chief administrative officer at Children’s. “The need is great and continues to grow.”

The site dedication event took place on the Children’s construction site and included:

  • Displays showing what the interior and exterior spaces will look like
  • An elementary-age choir from Green Lake neighborhood Daniel Bagley Elementary School singing, “What One Little Person Can Do”
  • A blessing ceremony by members of the hospital’s pastoral care team and other area spiritual leaders
  • A green ribbon-tying ceremony celebrating growth, renewal, health, and respect for the environment, hosted by Steve Ross, co-chair of the Friends of Children’s council and Laurelhurst community neighbor

“Children’s is creating additional space and an environment so that more children can have the chance my son did — to be able to receive the important care that saved his life,” shared Lisa Owen, a parent who spoke about her son’s recent cancer care at the hospital. “I can’t think of anything more important for our community.”

Building Hope’s foundation will be poured later this month. In August, structural steel work will begin. Exterior and interior infrastructure developments start in October.

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About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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