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2003 Year in Review: Children's at a Glance

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The Janet Sinegal Patient Care Building honors her commitment to the health care of children.

Children's is consistently ranked among the nation's top children's hospitals by Child magazine and U.S. News and World Report.

Our pediatric oncology program boasts higher survival rates than the national average and is one of the top three in the nation. Our pediatric residency program ranks sixth in the United States.

Recent Highlights

Facility development

We celebrated opening the Janet Sinegal Patient Care Building, which gives patients and their families more space and privacy to be together and to consult with medical staff.

Children's will offer 250 inpatient beds once renovations to our existing facility are complete in fall 2004.

Children's occupied nearly 50,000 square feet at 307 Westlake Avenue N. in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood, almost tripling our available research space. We are stepping up our commitment to research in recognition of the vital role it plays in preventing, treating and eliminating pediatric disease.

Research

Our research initiatives received more than $36 million in funding from the government, corporations, private foundations and individual donors in 2003.

Children's was one of only two sites in the U.S. to test the world's first mobile infant simulator.

Children's was one of only two sites in the United States to test SimBaby, the world's first mobile infant simulator.

SimBaby mimics the symptoms and responses of a 3-month-old and will be used to train medical students and other providers in scenarios such as throat closure, cardiac arrest, drug overdose, a major allergic reaction and seizures.

Specialists at Children's helped Laerdal, the Norwegian company that is creating the simulator, develop SimBaby's technical features and make it more lifelike.

Philanthropy

Children's Foundation and Guild Association were once again listed in the Chronicle of Philanthropy's Philanthropy 400, an annual listing of the nation's top 400 fundraising organizations. Only 26 hospitals and medical centers are listed in the Philanthropy 400.

In 2003, the Auction of Washington Wines and PICNIC raised $1.8 million for Children's, and the Friends of Costco Guild's fourth annual Children's Golf Classic raised an unprecedented $2.7 million. The generous support of our community is crucial to our ability to fulfill our mission.

Grants

Our Center for Children with Special Needs, together with the University of Washington School of Nursing, received a $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop and trial a seven-week class to help parents manage the complexities of caring for children with chronic illnesses. The class is based on a successful model for adults.

Notes of Interest

Clinical care

Children's has a proven record of developing specialized innovative surgery programs for children and infants. Children's operates the only kidney and liver transplant programs for children in the Pacific Northwest.

Children's is well known for treating and coordinating the care of patients whose complex medical conditions require expertise from many specialty areas.

Children's is part of the Airlift Northwest consortium, which provides aeromedical transportation for critically ill and injured children throughout Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho.

Research

Children's is a founding member of the Children's Cancer Study Group (now named the Children's Oncology Group), an organization of pediatric oncology specialists from around the country that coordinates research efforts to improve treatment options and cure rates.

A $270,000 grant from the March of Dimes will help support Dr. Craig Rubens' work to determine whether Group B strep (GBS) can trigger premature birth. This study may also lead to the development of a vaccine that could halt the potentially fatal transmission of GBS from mother to newborn during birth.

Training

Pediatric specialists are in short supply nationwide. Our fellowship training programs — such as those in nephrology, neurology, urology and others — prepare today's young physicians to do this important work.

With the support of a two-year grant from the Nesholm Family Foundation, Children's is developing a palliative care training program that fills a gap in the formal education of doctors. This innovative program will help physicians treat children with chronic illness or at the end of life by relieving their physical symptoms and addressing the psychological, social and spiritual issues they and their families face.

Philanthropy

Children's has one of the largest, most active volunteer associations of any hospital in the nation. The Children's Guild Association has more than 7,500 members in 525 guilds. Each guild raises money through projects and special events.

Children's 525 guilds completed a three-year goal to raise $6 million towards the construction of the Janet Sinegal Patient Care Building.

Children's supporters generously funded seven new endowed chairs during the past two years. Each chair represents a gift of at least $1.5 million.

  • Richard G. Ellenbogen Endowed Chair in Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • William J. and Lydia N. Gumerman Endowed Chair in Child Psychiatry
  • Laurel Foundation Endowed Chair in Pediatric Craniofacial Medicine
  • Norcliffe Foundation Endowed Chair in Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Jean Renny Endowed Chair in Pediatric Craniofacial Medicine
  • Gerald and Gloria Swanson Family Endowed Chair in Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplantation Research
  • Allan and Phyllis Treuer Endowed Chair in Genetics and Development

Patient Facts

  • Patients are referred to Children's by more than 300 hospitals and clinics throughout the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Alaska, Idaho and Montana).
  • In 2003, we provided $35 million in uncompensated care to more than 57,000 children with inadequate private or public health insurance.
  • Children's welcomed more then 200,000 patient visits in 2003.
  • More than 40% of our patents rely on the government for their health insurance.

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