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Media Statement from Susan Mask, Chair of Seattle Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees

Statement from Seattle Children's Hospital Board of Trustees chair Susan Mask on Aspergillus infections

We are deeply saddened by the Aspergillus infections and the impact they have had on our patients and their families.

Because patients and their families come first at Seattle Children’s, the community rightly expects us to fix this problem quickly. We are committed to an appropriate and timely resolution.

Decisive actions speak louder than words in this situation. We have given Seattle Children’s CEO, Dr. Jeff Sperring, our full support – and the authority – to do what is necessary to make this right.

We have confidence in the comprehensive systems-improvement plans Dr. Sperring is developing and will implement with his team, including an external assessment of our hospital facilities. Oversight is the Board of Trustees’ fundamental role. We have been advised and are monitoring the situation closely.

The community has trusted Seattle Children’s to care for the sickest and most vulnerable kids in our region for 112 years. The community is now looking to Seattle Children’s to resolve these issues, and we will remain steadfast until we do.

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s mission is to provide hope, care and cures to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible. Together, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Research Institute and Foundation deliver superior patient care, identify new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients.

Ranked as one of the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho – the largest region of any children’s hospital in the country. As one of the nation’s top five pediatric research centers, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is internationally recognized for its work in neurosciences, immunology, cancer, infectious disease, injury prevention and much more. Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation works with the Seattle Children’s Guild Association, the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care and research. Join Seattle Children’s bold initiative – It Starts With Yes: The Campaign for Seattle Children’s – to transform children’s health for generations to come.

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