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  Children’s National Reaches $500 Million Campaign Goal to Advance Pediatric Medicine
May 9, 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.

For more information and other campaign highlights, visit

Contact: Mark Miller, 202-870-7408

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Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Home to Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is consistently ranked among the top pediatric hospitals by U.S.News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group. With 303 beds, more than 1,330 nurses, 550 physicians, and seven regional outpatient centers, Children’s National is the only exclusive provider of acute pediatric care in the Washington metropolitan area. Children’s National has been recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet® designated hospital, the highest level of recognition for nursing excellence that a medical center can achieve. For more information, visit, receive the latest news from the Children's National press room, or follow us Facebook and Twitter.