New Leadership

Year in Review 2005 Hansen

New president and CEO Dr. Thomas Hansen is a seasoned physician, researcher and administrator.

On October 1, Children's welcomed new president and CEO Dr. Thomas Hansen, who joined us from Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, where he served as CEO and and as chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University.

He succeeded Treuman Katz, who retired after 26 years as Children's president and CEO.

Honors and Awards

Dr. Frederick Rivara was elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies, which recognizes those who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care and public health.

Rivara is internationally known for his study of injury control methods.

Dr. Rich Ellenbogen was elected president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons for 2006. Ellenbogen is division chief of Neurosurgery at Children's and chairs the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington.

Dr. F. Bruder Stapleton, Children's pediatrician-in-chief, was elected to a two-year term as president of the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs.

The association addresses the teaching, research, faculty and advocacy agendas of 148 academic pediatric departments in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Eighty-nine members of Children's medical staff were included in Seattle magazine's annual listing of top doctors in the Seattle area. The magazine also listed 11 of Children's medical staff among Seattle's best dentists.

The Janet Sinegal Patient Care Building received two design awards: the Vista Award from the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) and the Symposium Distinction Team award from the Symposium on Healthcare Design.

These awards recognize the teamwork in design, construction and engineering that creates an environment that meets the needs of patients, staff and clinicians.

Clinical Highlights

Children's became the first medical center west of the Mississippi to perform heart transplants in which the recipient's blood type is different from the donor's.

Known as ABO-mismatched (or ABO-independent) heart transplants, these surgeries are performed on infants whose immune systems have not yet developed the antibodies needed to attack foreign tissue. The lack of hearts of suitable size and compatible blood type led to the development of ABO-mismatched transplants.

Heart surgeons Drs. Gordon Cohen and Lester Permut performed the first successful heart transplant in the Pacific Northwest on an infant who was bridged from a heart-lung bypass machine (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO).

Children's established the region's only small intestine transplantation program under the leadership of pioneering surgeon Dr. Jorge Reyes.

Children's established one of the nation's first centers to treat children with intestinal failure. Renowned hepatologist Dr. Simon Horslen leads the innovative program designed to restore small bowel function through dietary, medical and non-transplant surgical therapies.

Children's nursing program began a multiyear journey to attain Magnet status from the American Nurses Association (ANA). Magnet status applications entail a rigorous examination of a hospital's professional nursing practices, the quality of its patient outcomes and its ability to attract and retain nursing professionals.

Research Accomplishments

The Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics — the nation's first center dedicated to the study of research and health care for children — hosted its first conference in July. The center was named to honor the distinguished tenure of former president and CEO Treuman Katz.

Bone marrow transplant pioneer Dr. Jean Sanders' longitudinal study showed that infants with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) who received total-body radiation and bone marrow transplants had a vastly better disease-free survival rate than those treated with chemotherapy alone, and did not suffer irreparable damage from the initial radiation treatment.

Dr. Craig Rubens and Amanda Jones, PhD, contributed to a national study that found that the genetic material of bacteria and viruses evolves as much as 30% from one strain to the next.

Dr. David Rawlings and his team identified the trigger that activates a pathway in T and B immune cells that leads to the survival and growth of these cells. This discovery could ultimately lead to more effective treatments of cancers and autoimmune diseases.

Dr. Dimitri Christakis, Dr. Howard Jeffries and Michelle Garrison found that children with Down syndrome have a significantly higher risk of death when hospitalized with sepsis.

Dr. Dimitri Christakis and Michelle Garrison found no scientific evidence that “educational” media products have any proven educational value for babies and toddlers.

A Look at 2006

Here's a glimpse at some of Children's major initiatives for the current year:

In February, Children's kicked off the public phase of The Campaign for Children'sFulfilling the Promise, the hospital's first major fundraising effort in 25 years. Chaired by Melinda French Gates, the campaign will raise $300 million to support uncompensated care, research and facility improvements.

Children's will open the Ambulatory Care Building this spring. The new facility consolidates nearly all of our clinical outpatient services in one beautiful, state-of-the-art building. It is designed to ease clinical workflow and make outpatient visits easier for patients and families.

Children's will secure space needed to expand our research program. Our ultimate goal is to assemble up to one million square feet of research space during the next 10 to 20 years.

Children's will celebrate its centennial during the next three years. Preparations are underway to mark our 100th anniversary (in the year 2007) of providing the very best pediatric care for the children of the Pacific Northwest.