Since our founding in 1907, Children's has been dedicated exclusively to the diagnosis and treatment of children from birth through age 21. We continue to expand and adapt to changes in our region and in medicine, always with the goal of improving the care we provide.
Now, with our 100th anniversary approaching, that trend of growth and change accelerates as we seek new ways to prevent, treat and eliminate pediatric disease and to become, quite simply, the best children's hospital.
Children's specialists spent 261 days out in our region caring for children in their own communities.
To us, being the best means combining expert care, leading-edge technology and research with a family-focused approach that respects the unique needs of each child and family.
Our medical staff includes the best providers at work today in pediatric medical and surgical specialties. This year we welcomed world-class leaders in the areas of cardiology, hepatology and transplantation to help us improve and expand our services.
Research brings new hope to children and families battling life-threatening illnesses and chronic conditions.
Our research initiatives were awarded $40 million in 2004.
Children's researchers regularly publish findings of national significance on topics ranging from the association between early TV viewing and attention problems to developing a cure for cystic fibrosis.
This year, our heightened commitment to research became tangible with the addition of 100,000 square feet dedicated to bench and clinical research — space that gives our researchers room to grow.
The Region We Serve
Our commitment to children extends far beyond the city of Seattle.
Children's serves the largest geographic area of any children's hospital in the country.
We offer innovative specialty care through our regional clinics, telemedicine and outreach programs in Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho.
Children's also is the primary pediatric teaching resource in the region, training nurses, technicians and post-doctoral researchers.
Our pediatric residency program, in partnership with the University of Washington Department of Pediatrics, is consistently ranked among the top 10 in the nation. We also provide a diverse array of continuing medical education opportunities for health care professionals.
We work closely with communities throughout the Pacific Northwest to prevent disease and injury through advocacy programs and public awareness campaigns on topics from asthma to water safety.
We were among those who successfully lobbied the Washington State Legislature to preserve Medicaid benefits for thousands of children who otherwise would have lost coverage.
Farewell Treuman Katz
As we look to the coming year, we will say farewell to Treuman Katz, who will retire in fall 2005. During his 26-year tenure as CEO — among the longest at any children's hospital in the nation — Katz led us to national prominence, established our partnership with the University of Washington School of Medicine and helped create the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
In all we do, we are mindful of the great charge entrusted to us by our community and by the children who seek our care. They are the real heroes at Children's, and our commitment to them is unwavering.