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Spring / Summer 2009 
Children's National Receives National Health Care Award

Children's National Expands NICU Facilities

Childhood Obesity Campaign Recognized by Surgeon General

Children's Pioneering Electronic Medical Records System

Edwin K. Zechman, Jr.
President & CEO

Jacqueline D. Bowens
Executive Vice President &
Chief Government & External Affairs Officer

Clare M. Kelly
Executive Director
Government & External Affairs

Tim Jones
State Government Affairs

Bill Quirk
Government & Legal Affairs

Children's National Celebrates New NICU Facilities

On May 17, 2009, Children’s National Medical Center transferred 28 fragile newborns into its new, state-of-the-art, 54 bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). At 35,000 square feet, the new NICU is approximately four times larger than the old unit.

“This is a dream come true for our staff, patients, and families,” said Billie L. Short, MD, Chief of Neonatology at Children’s National. “This NICU was designed with input from our families, nurses, and medical care team members, and we couldn’t be more proud of this unit.”


Children's National Receives National Health Care Award

Children’s National Medical Center is the recipient of the Academic Pediatric Association’s (APA) 2009 Health Care Delivery Award, recognizing the institution’s work to advance two nationally benchmarked child health quality measures: immunization compliance rates and preventive care visits.


Childhood Obesity Campaign Recognized by Surgeon General

Children's National Medical Center and its partners 9 News Now and Kaiser Permanente recently received the Surgeon General's Champion Award for their "Lighten Up" campaign to combat childhood obesity. 

Childhood obesity is one of the most significant health concerns for the Washington Metro area.  According to the 2007 report, F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies are Failing in America, the District of Columbia has the highest percentage of overweight children ages 10 to 17 in the nation, at 23 percent. 


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