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Seattle Hosts Children's Circle of Care

May 03, 2001

Seattle, WA – On May 3, 2001 some 1,000 generous supporters of pediatric hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada are gathering in Seattle for the annual Children’s Circle of Care 2001 North American Leadership Conference and Gala Dinner.

Seattle, WA – On May 3, 2001 some 1,000 generous supporters of pediatric hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada are gathering in Seattle for the annual Children’s Circle of Care 2001 North American Leadership Conference and Gala Dinner.

From its inception in 1995, the Children’s Circle of Care, a North American donor society of individuals who give $10,000 or more annually to one of the 21 participating pediatric hospitals, represents more than $575 million in private gifts towards advancing the work of pediatric patient care, research, teaching and advocacy.

“These are premier hospitals who rely on the generosity of their supporters and this generosity sustains us - it is that simple,” says Douglas Picha, vice president and executive director of Seattle Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center Foundation and Guild Association.

The Leadership Conference and Gala Dinner provide members with an opportunity to learn about advances in pediatrics as well as celebrate the successes of their collective philanthropy. Among the many highlights of the three-day event include a Leadership Conference and Luncheon at which Melinda Gates, honorary co-chair of the North American gathering and a founding member of the Children’s Circle of Care in Seattle, will deliver the keynote address on philanthropy.

Dr. Richard Ellenbogen, chief of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Children’s in Seattle and nationally renowned pediatric neurosurgeon will present Reflection from Seattle on a Neurosurgical Inventor. Dr. Brett Giroir, chief medical officer at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Texas will discuss The Search for New Therapies for Life-Threatening Infectious Diseases. Dr. Peter Havens, pediatric infectious disease specialist at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee will discuss A System of Care for the Prevention and Treatment of Perinatally Acquired HIV Infection in Rural Areas.

The conference will take place at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. Following the conference, Children’s Circle of Care members will meet at the Westin Hotel for the luncheon where they will hear the story of how Charity and Kathleen Lincoln, twins conjoined at birth, were successfully separated at Children’s Hospital in Seattle last fall.

The Gala Dinner is being held on the lushly landscaped grounds of Chateau Ste. Michelle winery, 15 miles northeast of Seattle. Ten of the region’s top chefs are volunteering their time and talents to prepare the four-course dinner. Honorable Governor Gary Locke, Governor of Washington will welcome Children’s Circle of Care members and Bill Gates, honorary co-chair of the North American gathering and founding member of the Children’s Circle of Care in Seattle will speak at the Gala dinner. Tony award winning entertainer Patti LuPone will entertain guests.

Philanthropic support is essential to children’s hospitals ability to provide excellent clinical care, advance ground breaking research, and improve education and advocacy. “In this era of declining government support and reduction in medical insurance reimbursements, Children’s Circle of Care members are philanthropic leaders who play a vital role in our ability to care for children,” says Doug Picha. Previous Children’s Circle of Care Leadership Conferences have been held in Washington D.C., Montreal, Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston.

About Seattle Children’s

Consistently ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical referral center for the largest landmass of any children’s hospital in the country (Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). For more than 100 years, Seattle Children’s has been delivering superior patient care while advancing new treatments through pediatric research. Seattle Children’s serves as the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The hospital works in partnership with Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation. For more information, visit www.seattlechildrens.org or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

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