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Childrens National Honors Al Otaibas for Commitment to Children

March 06, 2015
His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to the United States, and his wife, Abeer

His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to the United States, and his wife, Abeer.

Children’s National Health System has named His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to the United States, and his wife, Abeer, as recipients of the second annual Joseph E. Robert, Jr. Prize in Philanthropy, created to honor families who have given back after having a personal experience with the institution.

At a Feb. 24 event celebrating philanthropy and honoring the Al Otaibas, Kurt Newman, MD, President and CEO, said, “Few people have impacted our organization over the past decade as much as this special couple. To all of us at Children’s National, they are true friends, generous donors, influential partners, and ambassadors (literally). They have done so much to help children in Washington and throughout the world, and their impact just continues to grow.”

Ambassador Al Otaiba played a major role in establishing the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation in 2009, which has advanced surgery, pain medicine, and other innovations for children’s health. The Ambassador and Abeer co-chaired the record-breaking Children’s Ball in 2014, which raised a record $10.9 million, making it the most successful nonprofit fundraiser in Washington’s history. Both the ambassador and his wife have served as partners and advocates for children in the Washington area and around the world.

The Prize is named for philanthropist and business leader Joseph E. Robert, Jr., whose generosity and vision helped transform Children’s National into a medical and research system with international reach. His philanthropic support helped create the Joseph E. Robert, Jr. Center for Surgical Care, and he was instrumental in building support to establish the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation. The first Prize in Philanthropy was awarded to Amy and Bret Baier in 2014.



About Children's National Health System

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, D.C., has served the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is one of the nation’s Top 5 pediatric hospitals and, for a second straight year, is ranked No. 1 in newborn care, as well as ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. It has been designated two times as a Magnet® hospital, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C. Metropolitan area, including the Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is the seventh-highest NIH-funded pediatric institution in the nation. Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels. 

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