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  Children’s National Medical Center commemorates 140 years of service
November 3, 2010

Washington, DC – Former patients, staff, Emeritus Board members, and long time supporters of Children’s National Medical Center joined current hospital leaders at the corner of 13th and G Streets, NW, to dedicate a historical plaque near the original location of the hospital, first opened in 1870.

“Children’s National has grown from a 12-bed row house in the heart of Washington, DC to a healthcare institution that includes the hospital, as well as primary and specialty care locations throughout the metropolitan area, that serve local, national, and international patients,” said Edwin K. Zechman, Jr., president and chief executive officer of Children’s National Medical Center. “We grew from these humble beginnings to a comprehensive medical center that last year performed more than 15,000 surgeries, and saw more than 370,000 outpatient specialty care visits. We have also become the largest provider of primary care in the District, seeing more than 35,000 children through our health centers each year.”

The hospital moved to 13th and W Streets, NW, in 1875 and then to its current location on Michigan Avenue, NW, in 1977. Today, Children’s National is also recognized for its numerous research institutes, including the Children’s Research Institute, the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, the Children’s National Heart Institute, the Gilbert Family Neurofibromatosis Institute, the Brain Tumor Institute, and the Obesity Institute.

Additionally, Children’s National, by virtue of its location in the nation’s capital, serves as the voice for children across the country. It was one of the first children’s hospitals to establish an advocacy program which has grown to what is now the Child Health Advocacy Institute.

The event included the presentation of an oral history at The City Club at Columbia Square.

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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 283 beds, more than 1,330 nurses, 550 physicians, and seven regional outpatient centers, Children’s National is the only exclusive provider of 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.