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Monday, February 6, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Editorial

Cheers for Children's Hospital

CHILDREN'S Hospital, a source of comfort, healing and regional pride, has big plans and it needs the community's support.

This evening at Benaroya Hall, Children's will kick off the community portion of its $300 million Comprehensive Capital Campaign to pay for facilities, research and uncompensated care. Children's plans are indeed worthy.

• The hospital is building a new, 160,000-square-foot Ambulatory Care Building, scheduled for completion next month. The new building would streamline access to clinics and other outpatient services, creating one location for 30 different clinics, specialties, faculty offices and an outpatient pharmacy.

• An expansion of an existing building, scheduled for 2007, would encompass emergency care, surgical care, intervention and diagnostic services, sedated procedures, urgent care, infusion center, oncology center, dialysis center and clinical research center.

Children's is to be commended for its commitment to serving sick children regardless of a family's ability to pay the full cost of medical care. This year, the hospital expects to spend more than $38 million in uncompensated medical treatment.

Children's is also beefing up its research arm. An investment in research will pay off for generations to come. Pediatric research is the key to discovering new treatments and cures for childhood disease and illness.

Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center consistently ranks high among the country's children's hospitals. It deserves this community's gratitude and support.

Copyright © 2006 The Seattle Times Company

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