100 Years

2006: Laying the Foundation

The Gates Legacy

The Gates Legacy Children’s Melinda French Gates Ambulatory Care Building  

In May 2006, Children's opens a 168,000-square-foot Ambulatory Care Building named for Melinda French Gates in honor of her leadership, contributions and advocacy over the last decade.

The new facility consolidates nearly all of the hospital's clinical outpatient services in one building designed to ease clinical workflow and make outpatient visits easier for patients and families.

Facility highlights include more than 100 new exam rooms with seating for families and room for strollers, age-appropriate waiting areas, supervised playroom for siblings and restaurant-style pagers for families.

Laying the Foundation

Laying the Foundation Children’s cancer patient with her twin sister  

In July 2006, the board of trustees "unanimously and enthusiastically" approves a new strategic plan for the hospital's next decade.

In the last 35 years, the population of the Puget Sound area has nearly doubled.

The strategic plan provides a roadmap to meet the region's growing needs for pediatric specialty care in the Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho region.

The plan's six strategic themes are as follows:

  • Set national standards for quality of care
  • Improve access and service to families and physicians
  • Prevent, treat and eliminate pediatric disease
  • Recruit and retain the best people
  • Develop the next generation of pediatric health care leaders
  • Secure Children's financial future

Investment in Research

Investment in Research Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Institute in downtown Seattle  

In October 2006, the board of trustees announces the creation of the Seattle Children's Hospital Research Institute, which will be housed in two newly acquired, adjacent downtown Seattle buildings near University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center research facilities.

The two buildings total 467,183 square feet and give Children's state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for physician-researchers to investigate such pressing pediatric health concerns as preventing premature birth, curing genetic disease and repairing birth defects.