Blueprint for Success:
Strategic Planning, Innovation and Talent

Hendricks 220x130Seattle Children's has been conducting research since its inception in 1907, but it wasn't until 2003 that Children's mission statement was amended to officially include research as a core tenet:

"We believe all children have unique needs and should grow up without illness or injury. With the support of the community and through our spirit of inquiry, we will prevent, treat, and eliminate pediatric disease."

Since 2003, we have made great strides to fulfill our research mission. In 10 short years, our workforce has grown from 40 to more than 1,000 employees, our research space from 20,000 square feet to more than 330,000 square feet, and our extramural funding from $6 million to $70 million. We have come a long way, but we still have a long way to go - especially as we seek to ensure that every child at Seattle Children's can benefit, directly or indirectly, from our research.

In 2012, we made important progress on our strategic planning goal to more closely integrate research and clinical care. We held focus groups with families to gather their input, conducted surveys of nursing and faculty and visited other institutions to learn about best practices. We then determined five goals to achieve by 2016 that will help us make Seattle Children's research visible and more equally accessible to all patients and families.

One exciting milestone in our quest to eliminate pediatric disease was the 2012 launch of our first clinical trial of cellular immunotherapy to treat cancer patients without chemotherapy or radiation.

We also continued to recruit world-class talent to Seattle. Dr. David Beier, a first-rate scientist in the field of genetics and developmental biology, joined us as the director of the Center for Developmental Biology and Regenerative Medicine.

We forged important new partnerships and educated new audiences about our work. Our research institute sponsored the opening of a new playground (in early 2013) to support a vibrant, family-friendly downtown Seattle community. We also held the inaugural Saturday Night Science evening, giving attendees the opportunity to learn about the research institute via a "hands-on" science experience - and to support our work.

We are very proud of where we have been and what we have accomplished. During the next decade and beyond, we will continue to push for innovation, lead our peers in cutting-edge research, educate new audiences and carefully manage our resources - all with an eye to delivering on our important mission.

Dr. Jim Hendricks
President, Seattle Children's Research Institute