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Bearings - Spring 2009

Children’s National Named To 2008 Leapfrog Best Hospitals List

Children’s National Medical Center is honored to be one of only seven children’s hospitals in the country named to The Leapfrog Group's 2008 Top Hospitals, based on results from the Leapfrog Hospital Quality and Safety Survey. Children’s National is the only pediatric hospital selected from the Mid-Atlantic region to receive this designation, which recognizes the hospital’s commitment to patient care quality and safety.

“We are honored and proud to again be recognized as one of the top children’s hospitals in the country,” said Edwin K. Zechman, Jr., president and CEO of Children’s National. “This selection is an important validation of our commitment to providing high quality care to families in our region, across the country, and around the world.”

“Once again, Children’s National has been singled out as one of the top children’s hospitals by the prestigious Leapfrog Group. This recognition underscores our consistent commitment to providing high quality care in a safe environment,” said Peter Holbrook, MD, chief medical officer at Children’s National. “Our state-of-the-art intensive care units, the critical care physicians who staff them around the clock, and our use of computer physician order entry are some of the criteria by which we are judged. Families selecting a hospital for their child should ask for these hallmarks of quality and safety. The experts in the field define these as vital elements and we are pleased that our commitment to this caliber of care is recognized.”

Children’s National Celebrates Expansion of Research Facility 

Children’s National Medical Center’s academic arm, Children’s Research Institute (CRI), dedicated new research facilities on November 24, increasing the space of one of the nation’s top pediatric research facilities to more than 100,000 square feet. Local officials and scientific leaders from the community joined the faculty of Children’s National to dedicate the space.

The new facility adds another floor dedicated to research. At 20,000 square feet, the new facility houses the Center for Neuroscience Research and the Center for Clinical and Community Research. It includes research offices, conference rooms, and laboratories. CRI is one of the nation’s top pediatric research facilities in terms of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding.

“Our physical growth is emblematic of a new era at Children’s National Medical Center,” said Mark Batshaw, MD, chief academic officer at Children’s National. “We continue to recruit new faculty members and improve technology, so that we can further integrate our research and clinical care.”

Located atop the main hospital, CRI encourages scientists, clinicians, nurses, and other Children’s National staff to undertake research projects that will positively impact the care of children. Children’s research space has always been located in close proximity to the clinical facilities to allow faculty and staff to engage in bench-to-bedside research. CRI is organized into four primary centers of research to allow for close collaboration with the clinical team. These include the Center for Clinical and Community Research, the Center for Neuroscience Research, the Center for Cancer and Immunology Research, and the Center for Genetic Medicine Research.

There are more than 450 federally and privately funded research projects currently underway at CRI, led by more than 130 faculty members. Children’s junior faculty collectively have 26 NIH K awards—prestigious grants to engage future leaders in translational research and medicine. Additionally, approximately half of Children’s clinical physicians have a specific research study focus. This allows cutting edge research findings to be more quickly integrated with quality care for patients and families. Translational research findings move from the bench to the bedside and into the community faster and more effectively.

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Dr. Bear’s University Hosts Maryland Delegates

Elected officials and community and business leaders from across the region visited Children’s National Medical Center on October 27 to participate in Dr. Bear’s University, a mini-internship program designed to provide participants with an in-depth behind-the-scenes experience at Children’s National.

Local leaders spent the day at Children’s National in clinical rotations with physicians and nurses, observed the special care given to our young patients, and learned more about the nature of specialty pediatric care in the region. Delegate Heather Mizeur (District 20-Montgomery County), who attended the October 27 event, said, "Everybody loves show and tell and Dr. Bear’s University does it best. It inserts policy makers into healthcare delivery to show how doctors, nurses, and researchers use innovative programs to serve patients in our community."

Delegate Barbara Frush (District 21-Prince George’s County), who also attended the October 27 session, said, “I was delighted to have the opportunity to participate in the Dr. Bear’s University program. The program was very informative, comprehensive and, frankly, fun. I recommend it to anyone who has an interest in understanding the workings of a world-class children’s hospital.”

The next session of Dr. Bear’s University will be held on April 28. If you are interested in learning more about Children’s National, how we serve Maryland’s children and families, and what makes us one of the top pediatric hospitals in the country, please contact Tim Jones, manager of State Government Affairs, at

Photo caption: Delegates Barbara Frush (second from left) and Heather Mizeur (fifth from right) were among the regional leaders that attended Dr. Bear’s University on October 27.

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About Children’s National in Your Communities

Children’s National is proud to be an integral part of Maryland’s healthcare infrastructure.

  • Children from Maryland comprise nearly 60 percent of our annual inpatient population.
  • 1 in 4 annual inpatient admissions is a Maryland Medicaid enrollee.
  • Children’s National’s five Maryland outpatient centers handled 53,000 visits in FY 2008.
  • 62 percent (3,330) of Children’s National’s 5,346 employees reside in Maryland.
  • Maryland residents account for nearly 40 percent (29,290) of Children’s National’s Emergency Department visits.
  • 70 percent of Children’s National’s 4,064 emergency ambulance and helicopter transports originate in Maryland.
  • In FY 2007-2008, Children’s National treated more Maryland pediatric trauma cases than any other facility serving the state.
For more information about Children’s National Medical Center’s role in Maryland and communities that we serve in Maryland, download our Maryland Fact Sheet.

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