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Children’s National Reaches $500 Million Campaign Goal to Advance Pediatric Medicine

May 09, 2011

Children’s National Medical Center announced at the annual Children’s Ball on Saturday that its “Transforming Children’s Health” campaign has surpassed its goal of raising $500 million to support innovations in pediatric medicine. To date, the campaign has generated $506,178,007.

“For 140 years, Children’s National has been committed to providing the best possible care to children in the metropolitan Washington area,” said Edwin K. Zechman, Jr., president and chief executive officer at Children’s National. “The success of this campaign underscores the generosity of our community in supporting the health of children in our community and throughout the world.”

Launched in 2005, the “Transforming Children’s Health” campaign helped fund programs and research in every area of the hospital, modernize its facilities and equipment, hire world-class pediatric specialists, and make significant investments in research.

Peter Holbrook, MD, chief medical officer, said, “Pediatric medicine today is defined by the ability not only to react and respond, but also to predict and prevent children’s medical problems. Philanthropic support is enabling us to make a greater impact by anticipating and meeting the needs of children and their families wherever they are.”

Pam King Sams, executive vice president for development, expressed gratitude for the many donors who contributed to the hospital during the campaign. “Thanks to the generous support of the community – individuals, corporations, employees, board members, government officials, and others – Children’s National is already improving care for children. The investments we’ve made as a result of this campaign will benefit families for generations to come, and we appreciate all of our donors for their commitment.”

The campaign raised money in four categories:

  • $241 million – programs and research
  • $129 million – unrestricted
  • $87 million – capital
  • $49 million – endowment

The campaign featured the largest gift ever made to Children’s National – a $150 million gift from the Government of Abu Dhabi to create the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, which is working to make surgery more precise, less invasive, and pain-free for all children. It also supported the construction and opening of the East Inpatient Tower, a state-of-the-art facility designed with the input of families, patients, and staff, which was made possible through philanthropic support and congressional appropriations.

Contact: Mark Miller, 202-870-7408

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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