Seattle Children’s Research Institute Appoints Stephanie Axelrod to Vice President of Community Relations

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Newly created role will help build awareness of philanthropic funding needs for research

Seattle Children’s Research Institute today announced the appointment of Stephanie Axelrod to vice president of community relations. In this newly created role, Axelrod will be responsible for building awareness of the Research Institute and the philanthropic funding needs for research.

Over the past several years, Seattle Children’s Research Institute has made tremendous progress in research that is advancing science and enhancing pediatric medical care. For example, the organization’s researchers have pioneered cancer therapies that help a child’s immune system defeat cancer, and cutting-edge cystic fibrosis treatments. It has and will continue to rely on philanthropy to fund its ongoing research initiatives.

“With the anticipated decline of National Institute of Health (NIH) funding for pediatric research, it is becoming increasingly important to look to private funding sources to help find cures for pediatric diseases,” said James Hendricks, PhD, president of Seattle Children’s Research Institute. “Stephanie’s expertise in marketing and communications, and her commitment to Children’s mission will help us continue building a world-class research organization that helps prevent, treat and eliminates pediatric illness.”

Axelrod has been with Children’s for nineteen years, and has held several leadership positions during her tenure, including hospital director of marketing; interim administrator of Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic; and major gift officer for Children’s fundraising pillar, the Foundation. Most recently, she served as senior director for Research Continuous Performance Improvement (CPI) at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute, where she brought the CPI philosophy and management system to the research enterprise. Axelrod earned her Bachelor’s of Arts from UC Irvine, and went on to the Graduate Program in Health Education at the University of Washington.

“The significance of medical research remains paramount in supporting the advancement of pediatrics,” said Axelrod. “I am excited about this opportunity with the Seattle Children’s Research Institute and believe we are poised to uncover many life-changing discoveries together with the help of our community.”

Axelrod will report to Seattle Children’s Research Institute president, Dr. Hendricks. She will become the second vice president at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, joining Erik Lausund who currently serves as vice president of Operations and Logistics.

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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