2013 was overwhelmingly a year of significant additions to our physical space. As you’ll see below, we added a new neighborhood location, and completed several other exciting projects.
The main concourse at Burnet Campus is filled with updates that were completed in 2013, literally from one end to the other. Walking from the Location D entrance toward Location A you will see the new Best Upon Request concierge desk, Seacrest Studios, the cafeteria facelift, a new donor appreciation wall, a whole new look at the Location B welcome desk, the entrance to the brand new Family Resource Center, the new CBDI pediatric clinic, a whole new look at the Location A welcome desk and the new CBDI adolescent and adult clinic.
In 2013 we also added enhanced helicopter transport service and started offering a concierge service to patient families and employees. In addition to our honors from U.S. News and World Report, Cincinnati Children’s was also listed as one of Parents Magazine’s 10 Best Children’s Hospitals.
But more than anything, we were honored to be here for the patients and families who needed us in 2013. Thank you for everything you do to support our medical center and our mission.
Below, please find our Top 13 of 2013, in no particular order and recognizing that this list cannot ever encompass all of the amazing things that happened during the past year. Please note that the underlined headlines are links to more information about each item.
Here’s to another great year in 2014!
In September, a special new place opened on our Burnet Campus. The CancerFree KIDS and Impact 100 Family Pet Center is a space that gives patients who stay with us for five days or longer an opportunity to visit with their own pets while they’re here.
With the generosity of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation (RSF) and several other philanthropic donors, Cincinnati Children’s is now proudly home to a 1,000 square foot multimedia broadcast studio located in our main concourse, just across from the cafeteria.
Thanks to dedicated friends and supporters of Cincinnati Children’s, Cincinnati Walks for Kids 2013 was our most successful ever. More than 9,500 walkers participated and helped us raise more than $950,000 dollars for the medical center!
The newest Cincinnati Children’s neighborhood location opened in the heart of Cincinnati’s west side this spring. Cincinnati Children’s Green Township, an 80,000 square-foot outpatient facility provides services including urgent care, radiology and imaging, therapy services, lab and testing services, as well as more than 20 specialty clinics.
In June, U.S. News & World Report announced their Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, and we were honored to be named the #3 children’s hospital in the country, for the third year in a row. Cincinnati Children’s was also ranked nationally in all 10 subspecialty categories that U.S. News ranks – making us an Honor Roll Hospital for the fifth year in a row.
In addition to the #3 ranking overall, our cancer program rose from #3 a year ago to the top spot this year. Reasons for the improvement include excellent outcomes in one of the nation’s largest bone marrow transplant programs, low infection rates and a culture of collaboration that encourages innovation among laboratory staff, nurses, scientists and doctors from several specialties.
After years of planning and months of construction, the new Family Resource Center opened for patients and families in April.
The recently renovated outpatient centers of the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute (CBDI) are a spectacular sight. The beautiful lighting, bright colors, clean lines, and artwork. But what’s even more spectacular is the thought and planning behind its creation.
In October, the Convalescent Hospital for Children made the single largest contribution in Cincinnati Children’s history – a $20 million gift over eight years. It is an extraordinary gift that will help us continue to meet the needs of our patients for years to come.
Just before the end of the year, we received word from the American Nurses Credentialing Center that Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has again attained Magnet® recognition. The voluntary credentialing program for hospitals recognizes excellence in nursing and is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice.
11. Introduction of Equine Therapy at College Hill Campus
In July, Urgent Care was added at our Burnet Campus, better enabling Cincinnati Children’s to provide the right care at the right place and time to our patients.
On November 8, 2012, Tiernee Gonzalez underwent surgery to give her a device that replaced her own heart. On November 8, 2013, her care team threw her a party to celebrate her 1 year milestone.