Children's Hospital Dedicates Melinda French Gates Ambulatory Care Building

Today, Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center dedicated the new five-story Melinda French Gates Ambulatory Care Building located at 4800 Sand Point Way NE.

Today, Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center dedicated the new five-story Melinda French Gates Ambulatory Care Building located at 4800 Sand Point Way NE.

Designed by HKS, Inc., of Dallas, Texas, and built by Sellen Construction of Seattle, the building will house outpatient clinics providing advanced clinical and diagnostic technologies. The building also includes artwork designed by Northwest artists.

“The opening of the Melinda French Gates Ambulatory Care Building signals the beginning of another exciting chapter in the life story of Children’s Hospital,” said Kathy Randall, chairman of Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees. “It represents our continuing commitment to fulfill the promise of our founder, Anna Clise, to ensure that all children in our region have access to the health care they need. This beautiful facility is a visible representation of our ongoing commitment to provide outstanding care in a setting designed especially for children and their families.”

The building honors Melinda French Gates and her work to improve the lives of children locally and around the world. Gates is co-founder and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She also chairs The Campaign for Children’s, a $300 million comprehensive fundraising campaign to expand facilities, fund undercompensated and uncompensated care and grow the hospital’s research program to find cures and treatments.

“Children’s Hospital is a fusion of mind and heart—the best science, guided by the greatest compassion, every step of the way,” said Gates, chair of The Campaign for Children’s. “This is reflected in the care provided by its doctors and nurses, and also evident when you walk through the hospital’s doors. The new Ambulatory Care Building supports the latest medical technology while providing care and compassion in a healing environment that was designed with families in mind.”

The new building will house more than 100 exam rooms, plus faculty offices, team work rooms, procedure rooms, consult/education rooms, audiology booths and testing rooms, blood-draw rooms, reception areas and a sibling playroom. Parents of patients were consulted on building and exam room design, furniture, color schemes and artwork.

“Our region continues to grow, and we are growing alongside it by expanding our capacity to deliver, complex, high-intensity care in an outpatient setting,” said Dr. Thomas Hansen, president and CEO at Children’s Hospital. “The opening of the Ambulatory Care Building moves us a substantial step closer to achieving our vision of becoming the best children’s hospital.”

The facility was made possible by contributions from private donors, who contributed more than half of the total cost of the new building. The building is budgeted for a little under $100 million.

In January 2004 Children’s Hospital began the first phase of its facility expansion with the opening of the Janet Sinegal Patient Care Building, which increased inpatient bed capacity from 208 to 250 beds.

Space adjacent to the Ambulatory Care Building is being renovated to accommodate a retail pharmacy, physician offices, additional cafeteria space and a gift shop. An expansion of the Emergency Department, operating rooms, and other high-intensity ambulatory care services, such as neurology diagnostics, infusion and dialysis, is planned for the future.

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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