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First Lady’s gift brings ‘a touch of spring joy’ to patients, families and employees at Children’s National Hospital

Hospital shares commemorative Easter eggs from cancelled White House Easter Egg Roll with staff and families over Easter weekend April 13, 2020
White House Easter eggs

WASHINGTON – An unexpected gift of colorful wooden Easter eggs from First Lady Melania Trump and the White House Historical Association brightened the holiday weekend for patients and employees at Children’s National Hospital. 

“We are extremely grateful for the thoughtfulness and generosity of Mrs. Trump and our friends at the White House Historical Association,” says Kathleen Gorman, M.S.N., R.N., F.A.A.N., executive vice president for patient care services and chief operating officer at Children’s National. “Especially now, when everyone feels a bit isolated, these acts of kindness help families with a child in the hospital and our health care team feel a sense of connection with the community beyond our walls.” 

The commemorative pastel-colored wooden eggs, originally created for the 2020 White House Easter Egg Roll, were shared with patients and staff in nearly every unit of the the hospital over the holiday weekend by Gorman and Martha Parra, M.S.N., R.N., vice president for clinical support services at Children’s National.  

“Creating these connections is just one of the non-clinical aspects of care at Children's National Hospital that plays an integral part in a child's healing,” Gorman continued. “Though it was sad that the traditional Easter Egg Roll at the White House was cancelled, sharing this touch of spring joy with our families and our hardworking staff brought some holiday cheer into the hospital at a time when it is needed most.”  

Media Contact: Jennifer Stinebiser | 703-568-8825 | 301-244-6760

About Children’s National Hospital

Children’s National Hospital, based in Washington, D.C., celebrates 150 years of pediatric care, research and commitment to community. Volunteers opened the hospital in 1870 with 12 beds to care for Civil War orphans. Today, 150 years stronger, it is the nation’s No. 6 children’s hospital. It is ranked No. 1 for newborn care for the third straight year and ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. Children’s National is transforming pediatric medicine for all children. In 2020, it will open the Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus, the first in the nation dedicated to pediatric research. It has been designated twice as a Magnet® hospital, demonstrating the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C., metropolitan area, including the Maryland and Northern Virginia suburbs. Children’s National is home to the Children’s National Research Institute and Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation and is the nation’s seventh-highest NIH-funded children’s hospital. It is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels.

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