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Children's Hospital Expands Research Focus, Adds Nearly 50,000 Sq. Ft. of Research Space

April 28, 2004

Seattle, WA: Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center announces the opening of a new research facility in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood. Children's Hospital pediatric researchers now occupy two floors (47,444 square feet) at 307 Westlake Ave., nearly tripling the amount of space dedicated to bench research.

Seattle, WA: Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center announces the opening of a new research facility in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood. Children's Hospital pediatric researchers now occupy two floors (47,444 square feet) at 307 Westlake Ave., nearly tripling the amount of space dedicated to bench research.

Supporting Children's expanding commitment to basic and applied research, the facility will initially host a total of 15 principal investigators, with the goal of doubling this number in the next five years.

In occupying 307 Westlake, Children's Hospital becomes part of the growing biomedical research community developing in the South Lake Union neighborhood, including key partners, the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, who both have significant research establishments in the area.

"Children's Hospital's drive to develop cutting-edge pediatric research is absolutely necessary to accomplish our mission to prevent, treat and eliminate pediatric disease," said Treuman Katz, President and CEO of Children's. "Through the growth of our research program, remarkable results and a commitment to the highest ethical standards, we will fulfill our vision of becoming one of the top five pediatric research institutions nationwide."

Research has always been part of Children's core mission that also includes patient care, education and child advocacy. Children's research program currently focuses on four key areas: cancer, genetics/development, infectious disease/immunology and outcomes.

"Children's Hospital will continue to build on its strengths, and that of its partners, to raise the level of its research over the next decade to be at the forefront of pediatric research," said James Hendricks, PhD, vice president of research at Children's. "Expanding and broadening Children's commitment to research increases the potential to improve patient care, prevent illness, eliminate diseases, and reduce hospitalization and the impact it has on children and families."

In addition to the nearly 50,000 sq. ft. of research space at 307 Westlake, an additional 12,000 sq. ft. of basic research space will remain at Children's main campus.

"Contiguous space for investigating related issues enhances the atmosphere for sharing knowledge, cross-fertilizing ideas, training new doctors and emphasizing a team-like approach," said Hendricks.

About Seattle Children's Hospital

Consistently ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, 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, Children’s has been delivering superior patient care and advancing new treatments through pediatric research. 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 http://www.seattlechildrens.org.

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