Fit for a Queen
CEO Treuman Katz and medical director John Neff greet Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Children's Orthopedic receives a singular honor when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip visit Children's as part of their royal tour of the West Coast.
In addition to greeting patients, trustees, physicians and staff, the queen meets honorary trustee Helen Tremper Lane, age 98. The hospital guest book records the event with the signature "Elizabeth R, March 7, 1983."
Over the years, hundreds of sports personalities, TV stars and other celebrities visit patients.
From Variety Club to Miracle Network
Variety Club Telethon
In 1968, leaders of the Variety Club, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping sick, disabled and disadvantaged children, approach KIRO-TV with the idea for a telethon to benefit children's charities, including Children's Orthopedic.
In its first year, the telethon raises $90,000 for a few days' work — about half what the Penny Drive is bringing in over a period of months.
By 1984, 22 children's charities share in the Variety Club Telethon — a Seattle and Northwest tradition. The telethon brings friends of Children's Orthopedic together, including physicians, patients, guild members and community groups. A group of working mothers from a Seattle topless club even appears on TV to drop off donations they collect from club patrons!
Although the Variety Club Telethon is a Seattle and Northwest tradition, the board makes the difficult decision to stop Children's participation in favor of participating in the Osmond Foundation's Children's Miracle Network.
The new agreement with Children's Miracle Network is a much better arrangement for the hospital. Children's pays a fee to support the national Children's Miracle Network broadcast, but in turn, the hospital keeps all the proceeds raised in the region.
In June 1985, the first Children's Miracle Network Telethon airs on KOMO-TV, and Children's Orthopedic is the sole Northwest beneficiary.
By 2004, Children's Miracle Network raises $2.4 billion toward uncompensated care at 170 hospitals nationwide, and Children's share is $7.2 million.
A Home Away from Home
Ronald McDonald House advertisement
Four years after the first Ronald McDonald House opens in Philadelphia in 1974, Children's Orthopedic and Candlelighters — an association of parents who have lost children with cancer — kick off planning for a similar residence near the Orthopedic.
After several years of bureaucratic maneuvering to acquire a vacant tract of land owned by the U.S. Coast Guard and located across the street from the hospital, the group builds a place for families to stay while their children undergo cancer treatments. On December 13, 1983, Ronald McDonald House finally accepts its first families. The 22-bedroom facility features private bathrooms, shared kitchen, dining, living, laundry and indoor/outdoor play facilities.
In 1986, Children's Orthopedic opens Kids Bowling for Kids Village, a 10-unit parent housing facility on the same street. Construction costs are funded by the Washington State Bowling Proprietors Association, Variety Club of the Pacific Northwest and many community organizations. The facility's name honors the hundreds of kids who bowl and collect pledges based on the number of pins they knock down. Kids Village expands to 23 total units in 1991. A little over a decade later, Ronald McDonald Charities of Western Washington and Alaska acquires this property.
Formalizing the Research Mission
In the mid-1980s, the University of Washington School of Medicine agrees that all research grants held by faculty at Children's should be administered at Children's. Medical director Dr. John Neff recruits Jane Bogle to consolidate all research and grant activities into one administrative unit at Children's.
Researchers at Children’s Orthopedic Hospital and Medical Center
During her tenure, Bogle establishes research policies regarding patient safety (institutional review boards) and animal safety, and manages the planning and allocation of research space.
A paraplegic from birth, Bogle also does much to help Children's become more sensitive to the needs of visitors and employees with physical challenges. During construction and remodeling projects, she personally surveys restrooms, carpeting and other building features to test their accessibility.
A Community Resource
The Parent Resource Room at Children’s Orthopedic circa 1985
In 1985, Children's Orthopedic opens the Children's Resource Center to create and distribute information and training on childcare, first aid, nutrition, bicycle safety and sports medicine. The Resource Center expands to a telephone information service where parents speak with registered nurses who answer questions about illness and injury and help catch diseases and conditions early on.
A new Parent Resource Room in the hospital provides an education center for parents and families.