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

September 28, 2005

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 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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