The Second Name Change
In 1985, CEO Treuman Katz recommends dropping "Orthopedic" from the hospital's name. After devoting a year of study to the question, the board finds that the term confuses many people and no longer communicates the hospital's purpose: less than 15% of the hospital's cases are bone-related.
On April 23, 1986, the board approves the new name: Children's Hospital and Medical Center.
Strength in Numbers
Hospital rounds at Children’s
In 1986, CEO Treuman Katz approaches his counterpart from The Children's Hospital in Denver about forming an alliance among pediatric hospitals to purchase supplies and save money.
Soon, six hospitals from across the country form the Child Health Corporation of America (CHCA) with headquarters in Shawnee Mission, Kansas.
Up in Smoke
No Smoking sign
In April 1986, smoking is banned in the cafeteria. The last permitted place left to light up inside the hospital is the staff lounge. By June 1989, the hospital becomes smoke-free.
A New Wing
Children’s new Medical Pavilion opens in 1990
In 1986, Children's needs more research space, an improved emergency room and more area to accommodate specialty outpatient clinics and operating rooms. Administrators apply for a permit to build a 65,000-square-foot, four-story medical pavilion on the northeast corner of the hospital.
As a precondition of the building permit, the city of Seattle requires Children's to draw up a traffic management plan to divert 35%of its employees out of single occupancy vehicles and into carpools and buses. The city tells Children's that if the plan fails to achieve its goal, the hospital will receive no more building permits — a limitation that is not imposed on any other institution in the city.
The transportation plan with carpooling becomes a part of hospital culture and Children's employees meet every goal to reduce the number of cars parking at the hospital. The city issues the building permit.
In 1990, the $11 million Medical Pavilion, complete with whimsical hallway murals, beautiful floor mosaics, brightly colored paintings and welcoming animal statues, comes in on schedule and under budget.
Children dressed as doctors
In 1987, the board of trustees establishes the Children's Hospital Guild Association as a separate entity with its own board of directors.
Guild trustees Sharon Friel and Susie Albrecht want to hold the first Guild Association convention at the Westin in Seattle; however, the cost is a prohibitive $25,000.
They arrange to meet with Costco co-founders Jeff Brottman and Jim Sinegal to ask if the three-year-old warehouse chain might consider underwriting the guild event.
Figuring their request is a long shot, they are floored when Costco agrees to pick up the tab! This first request leads to the formation of the Friends of Costco Guild, an annual charity golf tournament and a new patient care wing named for Sinegal's wife, Janet.
Since 1987, Costco leaders and the Friends of Costco Guild have raised more than $30 million for the hospital.
In 1988, the Washington wine industry and Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery decide to follow in the footsteps of the great vintners in Burgundy, France, who continue a tradition of auctioning barrels of wine to benefit the region's main children's hospital.
The first auction raises under $20,000. After marketing the event as a showcase for Washington state wines, restaurant owners, wine collectors and wine retailers get involved. By 2006, the Auction of Washington Wines is one of the largest charity wine auctions in the United States and, with proceeds of $1.9 million, one of the hospital's most important fundraising events.
On April 25, 2007, the Children's Hospital Guild Association celebrates its 20th anniversary.