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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health

Mission: To provide financial support to children's hospital of pittsburgh of upmc.

Programs: Annual funding for chp: children's hospital of pittsburgh foundation (foundation) is the sole fundraising arm of children's hospital of pittsburgh of upmc (children's). Through targeted campaigns, special events, and grants, the foundation raises money to support the hospital's mission of excellence in patient care, teaching, and research. Children's has been a charitable institution since its inception and remains a non-profit entity. To ensure the continuation of its charitable mission, in july 2000, the foundation was established as a subsidiary of children's. It then became an independent organization when the hospital merged with upmc in october 2001. Through the foundation, generous donations large and small from individuals, corporations, foundations, and community partners have a direct and immediate impact on children's hospital's ability to transform young lives through unparalleled care and deep compassion. Rooted in philanthropy, children's is sustained by generous community support, setting the standards of excellence in pediatric care. In fy 2014, the foundation contribution approximately $19 million to the hospital in support of research, clinical programs, medical education and funds for free care. For more than 120 years, children's has been a fixture in pittsburgh and the surrounding tri-state region. What began in 1890 as a single cot endowed by the entrepreneurial son of a local pediatrician, has grown into a world-renowned children's hospital dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all children. Today, children's cares for infants, children, and adolescents who make more than 1 million visits to our hospital, its many neighborhood locations, and children's community care pediatric practices each year. In fy 2014, children's had 12,796 inpatient stays, 6,491 observation stays, 76,206 emergency department visits, 23,799 surgeries, and more than 1 million outpatient visits. With a medical staff of over 700, children's provides care along the full spectrum of pediatric subspecialties from allergies to weight management and wellness. Children's today is a leader on a national scale in a multitude of pediatric sub-specialties, including cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, hematology/oncology, hematology, neurology, neurosurgery, organ and tissue transplantation, otolaryngology (ent), pulmonology, and surgery. Our network of neighborhood locations, ambulatory care centers, primary and specialty care practices, and express care centers covers a multi-county region. Children's is consistently ranked among the best children's hospitals and is one of 10 pediatric hospitals in the united states named to u. S. News & world report's honor roll of america's "best children's hospitals" for 2013-2014. Children's also leads the way in advanced technology, with several accomplishments based on our adoption of a fully integrated electronic medical record. In 2009, children's was recognized as the first pediatric hospital in this country to achieve stage 7 recognition from himss (healthcare information and management systems society) analytics for achieving a virtually paperless patient record environment and the most comprehensive use of electronic medical records. All inpatient and outpatient staff utilize children's erecord for order entry, clinical decision support, medication bar-coding, clinician documentation and radiological images. Stage 7 is measured by conformance of the electronic health record to the continuity of care document, the newly adopted international standard for exchange of clinical information. In addition, children's has been recognized by klas, an independent health care research organization, as the leader in its use of health care information technology among pediatric hospitals in the united states. In july 2012, children's earned magnet recognition status from the american nurses credentialing center (ancc). Magnet is the highest honor an organization can receive for excellence in nursing making children's among only 6 percent of hospitals nationwide to have achieved this prestigious designation. Ancc's magnet recognition program recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovations in professional nursing practice. Children's has the region's only state-accredited level i pediatric trauma center and has one of the busiest emergency departments, treating more than 76,000 children in the last fiscal year. Subspecialists in all pediatric medical and surgical disciplines provide the highest level of care to every patient and family. Children's has one of the fastest growing, national institutes of health-funded (nih) pediatric research programs in the country. Pediatric research programs at children's and the university of pittsburgh school of medicine ranked seventh in number of grants from the nih for fiscal year 2013. Active research programs range from stem cell biology and regenerative medicine to novel strategies for treating pediatric cancer. The john g. Rangos sr. Research center, opened in 2008, houses a 10-story, 300,000-square-foot research facility. In collaboration with the university of pittsburgh's peter m. Winter institute for simulation, education and research (wiser), children's state-of-the-art pediatric simulation center incorporates life-like simulators and multi-task trainers that allow health care professionals to recognize and manage a wide assortment of pediatric-related medical situations. It also is used to impart vital skills such as intubation, lumbar puncture, iv insertion, iv blood draw, arterial blood draw, and bladder catheterization. Children's pediatric residency program is among the most respected in the country, with 83 categorical residents, 16 internal/medicine residents and 9 triple board residents.

free care funding: parents face plenty of worries, but whether or not they can afford their child's health care should never be one of them. Children's provides care to sick children in our region, regardless of their families' insurance or ability to pay through the generous donations made to the free care fund. During the fiscal year 2014, which ended june 30, 2014, children's provided more than $25 million in free and uncompensated care.

Community Stories

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Rating: 5

“Eat’n Park Hospitality Group is proud to be a longstanding supporter of the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. We know that the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is an important asset to our region and the families who call Western Pennsylvania home. It’s an organization that’s important to us, to our team members and to our guests. We are glad to support the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation and their efforts towards caring for kids and their families in our community.”

Review from The Pittsburgh Foundation