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Spring 2009 
First Treatment for Muscular Dystrophy In Sight

Children's Research Institute Expands

Children's National Opens Two New Operating Rooms

Children's National Named LeapFrog Top Hospital for Quality, Safety

Donate Pints for Half Pints!


Edwin K. Zechman, Jr.
President & CEO

Jacqueline D. Bowens
Executive Vice President &
Chief Government & External Affairs Officer

Clare M. Kelly
Executive Director
Government & External Affairs

First Treatment for Muscular Dystrophy In Sight

Genetic researchers at Children’s National Medical Center and the National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry in Tokyo recently published the results of a study that holds promise for the first ever treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). DMD is one of the most common lethal genetic disorders, striking one of every 3,500 boys born worldwide.

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Children's National Opens Two New Operating Rooms

Children’s National Medical Center recently opened two new operating rooms (OR), increasing the hospital’s capacity to provide surgical services to children throughout the region and nationally. In addition to the ORs, Children’s also opened an expanded waiting area for families whose children undergo surgery. 

The new ORs are 750 square feet each and bring the total number of operating rooms to 13. Each OR is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including flat panel screens displaying clear views of radiology imaging and real-time images of the field of operation.

The new waiting area features expanded capacity, a quiet room for reading or meditation, and an educational kiosk with internet access. Members of the Family-Centered Care Committee were involved in making design decisions about the waiting area.

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Donate Pints for Half Pints!

Children's National Medical Center's Edward J. Miller Blood Donor Center collects approximately 2,800 whole blood donations and 750 apheresis platelet donations each year.  Children with cancer, blood diseases such as sickle cell, and children undergoing certain surgeries are among the many patients who require fresh blood or special rare blood.  Every unit donated may help three or more patients, but as the number of patients treated at Children’s National continues to grow, the need for blood donations is greater than ever.

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