Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center's Therapy Pool Honored for Top Aquatics Program

Children’s Therapy Pool has been chosen as the best adapted-aquatics and hospital-aquatics program in the nation by the United States Water Fitness Association (USWFA).


Children’s Therapy Pool has been chosen as the best adapted-aquatics and hospital-aquatics program in the nation by the United States Water Fitness Association (USWFA).

Children’s Therapy Pool has been chosen as the best adapted-aquatics and hospital-aquatics program in the nation by the United States Water Fitness Association (USWFA).

Children’s adapted aquatics program started 5 years ago with a grant from the Anderson Family Foundation, and was designed to help children with special needs be able to swim and enjoy the water.

“To have our program chosen as the best in the nation was such an honor, especially since we were compared to much more seasoned programs at universities and larger recreational facilities,” explains Kathy Bateman, supervisor, Pool Program at Children’s Hospital and an instructor/trainer for USWFA and head of their national committee for adapted aquatics.
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“We’re very proud to be recognized for our work as both a top adapted aquatics program and a first-rate hospital aquatics program,” adds Bateman who was also named one of the top aquatic directors in the U.S. “I believe we were chosen because our team is exceptionally dedicated to the children who come to the pool. Each child is embraced for his or her unique set of skills. We take great pride in developing swimmers.”

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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