Your contributions directly benefit patients and families at Children's National Health System by providing funds for cutting-edge research, medical supplies and resources, therapeutic care, and fun activities for children spending time in the hospital. All donations help fund these types of initiatives, as well as ensure that all children receive treatment regardless of their family’s ability to pay.
- 20 special pacifiers for premature and intubated infants, so they can self-comfort even when on ventilators. These pacifiers have a special notch so they fit around endotracheal tubing.
- 8 arm slings for patients with broken arms.
- 26 smiley face squeeze balls to teach relaxation techniques to children who are anxious about treatment.
- 46 Metallic pin wheels used by the Child Life Department to encourage blowing and deep breathing, as well as distract patients during procedures.
- 10 toiletry kits for families whose children are unexpectedly admitted to the hospital and they need supplies to freshen up.
- 16 correctly sized blood pressure cuffs for newborns, infants, or toddlers.
- 7 Meal tickets for families who can’t afford to eat in the cafeteria while they’re staying in the hospital with their child.
- 16 packs of Uno cards to help entertain patients- Uno is the most popular game in the hospital!
- 5 “Be the Boss of your Body” books used by the Child Life Department to help teach patients how to manage stress and pain.
- 60 packs of markers, 120 packs of crayons, or 192 containers of glitter for our specialists to use to help children deal with their emotions through art therapy.
- 20 packs of special micro-preemie diapers, for babies weighing as little as one pound.
- A one-night stay in a nearby hotel for out-of-town families.
- 40 sets of building blocks or 60 Mr. Potato Head dolls for children to play with while receiving infusions and long treatments.
- 7 hypothermia blankets.
- 2 specialty incubator covers to protect a premature baby’s developing eyes and brain from unwanted noise and light.
- 4 cases of nebulizers for our patients who need inhaled medications for asthma and other similar diseases. Nebulizers help get children medicine faster and reduce the treatment time.
- 4 Kindle Fires (with cases) for children confined to their hospital rooms to allow them to play, and read and learn about their conditions and treatments in an interactive way.
- 60 sensory balls for infants who need developmental stimulation.
- 4 pediatric oxygenators – devices that add oxygen and remove carbon dioxide from the blood – acting as a patients “lungs” during complex surgeries.
- 2 packs of supplies and materials needed to repair a cleft palate for an infant.
- One re-usable developmentally appropriate phototherapy blanket. Used for jaundice, these special “bili-blankets” include a soft, light-permeable cotton-covered “nest” in place of more traditional plastic covers.
Philanthropy funds many programs at Children’s National Health System, including…
The Washington National Diabetes Care Complex at Children's National provides comprehensive, state-of-the-art care for children with diabetes. It includes outpatient treatment rooms and an education center where families participate in simulation labs, learning about nutrition, exercise, and other areas that become part of a child’s "new normal" when he or she is diagnosed with diabetes. Children’s National’s Childhood and Adolescent Diabetes program is the largest pediatric diabetes program in the Mid-Atlantic region, providing care for children and young adults from Washington, DC, Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia.
Located in Children’s National’s main atrium, Seacrest Studios is a 920-square-foot multimedia studio that produces and broadcasts age-appropriate radio and television programming. Yet, the concept of Seacrest Studios is much more than what meets the eye: it has the ability to whisk kids away from the pain and monotony that accompanies a hospital stay. Patients can come down to Seacrest Studios or watch from their rooms, laughing during the clown show, dreaming of far off lands during the storytelling segments, flexing their mental muscles during the trivia questions, and singing and dancing during the radio hour. Seacrest Studios at Children’s National is one of 10 in pediatric hospitals across the country; they are funded by the Ryan Seacrest Foundation and generous local and national supporters.
Children’s National’s Fetal Medicine Institute cares for high-risk expectant mothers and their unborn child, focusing on early intervention and advanced fetal diagnostics. The team includes 50 specialists across 19 pediatric care disciplines who are dedicated to research and providing advanced care and personalized treatment plans to every mother and child. Housed in a state-of-the-art facility that was funded by generous donors, the Fetal Medicine Institute ensures continuity of care from a diagnosis confirmation into postnatal life.
Inspired by a patient whose last wish was to go outside once more, The Bunny Mellon Healing Garden Dedicated to the First Ladies of the United States is a 7,200-square-foot rooftop garden that gives patients and their families the opportunity to step away from the rigors of treatment and experience the outdoors. Careful consideration and safety precautions were taken into account when creating the Healing Garden: the sidewalks are wide enough for children in wheelchairs or with IV fluids, and plants with common allergens have been avoided, just to name a few.