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Children's Hospital Dedicates Melinda French Gates Ambulatory Care Building

May 01, 2006

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

Consistently ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle 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, Seattle Children’s has been delivering superior patient care while advancing new treatments through pediatric research. Seattle 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 www.seattlechildrens.org or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

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