Children's Names Pediatric Bioethics Center, Lectureship in Honor of Retiring CEO

When Treuman Katz retires on Sept. 30 after 26 years as President and CEO of Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center, he will leave a legacy of innovation, excellence and an unparalleled commitment to the children of our region.

When Treuman Katz retires on Sept. 30 after 26 years as President and CEO of Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center, he will leave a legacy of innovation, excellence and an unparalleled commitment to the children of our region.

As a tribute to his strong leadership and unmatched tenure, the Board of Trustees of Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center recently voted unanimously to name in his honor the year-old Center for Pediatric Bioethics, the first center for bioethics solely dedicated to the study of research and health care for children. The recognition includes the establishment of the Treuman Katz Lectureship in Pediatric Bioethics that will bring distinguished speakers to Seattle annually. The board committed $3.5 million to endow the center, with $75,000 going to the annual lectureship.

“Treuman has led the effort to create an environment at Children’s which recognizes all of the complex ethical issues associated with research,” says Kathy Randall, president of Children’s Board of Trustees. “As we expand our research mission, aimed at preventing, curing and eliminating pediatric disease, the center he helped create will be especially important.” The Center hosted in July an internationally recognized conference in Seattle that drew 220 participants.

“Treuman’s vision to elevate the research mission at Children’s has energized the academic development of our faculty,” says F. Bruder Stapleton, pediatrician in chief at Children’s and chairman of the University of Washington Department of Pediatrics, based at Children’s. “With the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatrics Bioethics, we are poised to lead the way as the first in the nation to explore pediatric research from myriad ethical perspectives.”

In addition, the Board recognized Katz’s love of gardening and art, and his deep commitment to family-centered care and a child-friendly environment by naming an outdoor area in his honor. The Treuman Katz Sculpture Garden and Sculpture Walk will be “a place where patients, families and staff can go to find refreshment, strength and solace,” said Randall. It will be an integral part of the landscaping for the hospital’s new Ambulatory Care Building, opening in spring 2006.

“These tributes signify very strong professional and personal interests for me over the years,” says Katz. “The Center for Pediatric Bioethics naming is a great honor. I cannot imagine a more significant gift that signifies Children’s core commitment to the highest ethical standards in clinical care, research, education and advocacy. The sculpture garden represents an aesthetic interest I’ve had in our beautiful grounds at the hospital and my own love of gardening at home.”

Katz’s additional key accomplishments over the past 26 years have included:
- Creating a model medical school affiliation with the nationally acclaimed University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine. The Department of Pediatrics has become one of the top training programs for pediatricians in the country as a result of excellent and collaborative leadership between the UW and Children’s.

- Forming the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the UW, to speed the delivery of new treatments for cancer. Children’s is now the site of the bone marrow transplant program for the SCCA.

- Expanding facilities to 250 beds last year, which allows for more single rooms, and the opening of a new Ambulatory Care Building in 2006.

- Opening regional clinics and launching telemedicine to meet the specialty care needs of patients statewide.

- Providing financial and administrative support for Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic to ensure medical, dental and mental health care for children regardless of their families’ ability to pay.

- Recruitment of nationally recognized clinical and surgical experts, including transplantation; cardiac surgery; general and thoracic surgery; neurosurgery; and plastic and reconstructive surgery.

- Co-founding of Airlift Northwest.

- Establishing strong financial management coupled with nationally recognized philanthropy.

- Forging significant relationships with elected officials to advance the mission of advocacy on behalf of children’s health care.

Katz’s successor, Thomas N. Hansen, MD, takes the helm on Oct. 1, coming from a ten-year career at Columbus Children’s Hospital where he served as CEO of Children’s Hospital and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University.

“Children’s is an extraordinary institution with so much left to do in the future. As long as there are kids living under the poverty line and kids facing illness and injury, and until we’re able to eliminate pediatric disease, Children’s has an irreplaceable role in this region. The clinical care and research developments here have, and will continue to have, positive impact on children all over the world,” says Katz.

Upon his retirement, Katz, 63, will also be honored by the hospital’s trustees with the title of President Emeritus in honor of his contributions and longtime service.

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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