Guild Members Say Yes to Quality Care With Dignity: Meet Oneika Cassanova
Two years ago, Oneika Cassanova was a recent transplant to the Pacific Northwest who had never heard of Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (OBCC). She met Friends of Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic Guild co-founders Cynthia Huffman and Micki Flowers when the guild was just forming in 2017. A mutual friend had referred the two women to Cassanova at U.S. Bank. As she answered questions about the guild’s banking needs and learned about OBCC and its mission, Cassanova knew she’d found something special.
“Their focus on delivering quality healthcare with dignity to all children aligned with my vision of what I want to do to make the world a better place,” she says.
Your Yes Brings Caregivers Into Schools
For five decades, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (OBCC) has served as the medical home for families in South King County. The clinic’s focus on whole-child health and wellness is central to Seattle Children’s mission, and community health is a focus of It Starts With Yes. We are excited to break ground this fall on a second OBCC location – a one-of-a-kind health innovation hub bringing clinicians, researchers and families together to address the social, economic and environmental roots of illness.
OBCC believes in extending care beyond clinic walls to where it is needed in the community. As part of its Health Integration Program, behavioral specialists work in schools to help kids like Michael, a second-grader who loves cooking, soccer and video games and sometimes has difficulty handling his emotions. His mom is grateful for the OBCC mental health counselor who works at his school alongside the staff counselor and teachers as an extra support for Michael and other students who need it. Thanks to philanthropic donations, hundreds of children at six Seattle schools benefit from this program.
“I’m proud to see Michael learning to work through things in ways that will serve him well as he grows,” says his mom, Karen Muller. “And I’m thankful to the people at OBCC and to the donors who support this program for their foresight in putting experts where the kids are.”
Thanks to our guilds that say yes to OBCC!
- Friends of Odessa Brown
- Children’s Clinic Guild
- Preston Kuppe Guild
- Diversity and Health Equity Guild
Tours Show Seattle Children’s Mission in Action
Last year, Seattle Children’s hosted 203 tours for 1,150 guests at seven facilities!
“A tour allows you to go behind the scenes with experts and experience places you couldn’t visit otherwise,” says Ashley Kilkenny, Seattle Children’s Foundation tour manager. “Tours help people get into their heart space about who we are – seeing patients and families you support brings to life your impact as guild members.”
Kilkenny enjoys working with guilds to customize tours for specific areas of interest. Tours are available at the hospital main campus; Autism Center; Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center for adults with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders; Jack MacDonald Building, our downtown research hub; Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research; and Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic.
In each spring issue of Guild News we share a financial recap of the previous fiscal year. Read the Annual Report (PDF). Thank you for making 2018 another record-breaking fundraising year!