100 Years

2005: Regional Outreach

Regional Outreach

Regional Outreach Residents are licensed doctors who are receiving specialized pediatric training  

In 2005, Children's residents and specialists spend 350 days in clinics and hospitals throughout Alaska, Montana, Idaho and rural Washington caring for children in their own communities.

A Quarter Century of Leadership

A Quarter Century of Leadership Children’s first CEO, Treuman Katz  

On September 30, 2005, Children's CEO Treuman Katz retires after 26 years of service. His tenure encompasses more than a quarter of the hospital's history, and his leadership guides not only the tremendous growth of the institution, but the scope of health care services it delivers to the region's children.

Katz receives the 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Washington Health Foundation, a nonprofit organization with the mission of improving health for the people of Washington state.

Carrying Out the Bold New Vision

Carrying Out the Bold New Vision Children’s current CEO, Dr. Thomas Hansen  

After a nationwide search to replace CEO Treuman Katz, the board of trustees selects Dr. Thomas N. Hansen, former CEO of Columbus Children's Hospital, to lead Seattle Children's into its second century.

When he begins his new post in October 2005, Hansen presses forward to achieve the vision conceived years earlier by the board of trustees and former CEO Treuman Katz — to eliminate pediatric diseases such as diabetes and congenital heart conditions so that children do not have to carry the burden of disease into adulthood.

"Children's is clear about its vision and well positioned to achieve it. I want to be part of its transformation," Hansen says.

Within the span of one year, Hansen integrates the growth of clinical, research and education programs with a new strategic plan and acquires nearly half of the 1 million square feet of research space needed to advance pediatric research to a national level.

A Prestigious Post

A Prestigious Post Children’s clinicians conduct research to understand behaviors that keep kids healthy  

In 2005, Children's physician-researcher Dr. Fred Rivara is elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies for his study of injury control methods. He is one of 64 new members elected to the IOM in 2005 and the only one from Washington state.

In 2006, Dr. Maxine Hayes, a former medical director of the Odessa Brown Children's Clinic and current Children's medical staff member, is elected to the IOM for her work on health issues affecting the community.

The IOM recognizes those who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care and public health.

Tiny Hearts, Giant Strides

Tiny Hearts, Giant Strides Infant on Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit  

In 2005, Children's becomes the first medical center west of the Mississippi to perform a heart transplantation in which the recipient's blood type is different from the donor's. The procedure dramatically decreases wait times for donor hearts and saves the lives of many children who might otherwise die waiting for an organ of their same blood type.

Known as ABO-mismatched heart transplants, Drs. Gordon Cohen and Lester Permut perform these surgeries on infants whose immune systems have not yet developed the antibodies needed to attack foreign tissue.

Also in 2005, Cohen and Permut make history when they perform a successful heart transplant on the youngest (12 days) and smallest (7.4 pounds) patient in the Pacific Northwest. The boy is the first infant to be bridged from a heart-lung bypass machine to transplant.