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  Laura Bush Visits Children's National Medical Center
December 12, 2007

For Immediate Release: December 12, 2007

Contact: Emily Dammeyer, 202-476-4500

Washington, DC—Mrs. Bush visited Children's National Medical Center to participate in the annual holiday program on Wednesday, December 12, 2007. First ladies, dating back to Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy, have made the annual holiday visit to Children’s National.

Upon arrival, Mrs. Bush toured Children’s world-class Surgical Care Unit in the new East Inpatient Tower and visited Children’s patients. Opened less than a month ago, the new East Inpatient Tower features the latest technologies such as wireless monitoring of vital functions in a family-centered environment. It also includes specialty units for Critical Care, Heart and Kidney, Surgery, Hematology and Oncology, and Neurology.

The Surgical Care Unit cares for thousands of children from all over the country and performs nearly 12,000 surgeries each year. Children’s family-centered approach to caring for children has grown to become one of the most experienced and respected pediatric surgical programs in the world.

After her visiting patients and touring of the Surgical Care Unit, Mrs. Bush joined patients, families and hospital staff members to host the annual holiday program, where she read Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and premiered this year’s Barney Cam.

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Children's National Medical Center, located in Washington, DC, is a leader in the development of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury. Among the top pediatric hospitals in America, as ranked by both U.S. News & World Report and the prestigious Leapfrog Group, Children’s has served the nation's children for more than 135 years. Visit our web site at