Two-year-old Talia and her four-year-old brother, Anthony, are both being treated for cancer at Lurie Children’s. Talia, diagnosed with Wilms tumor, and Anthony, diagnosed with neuroblastoma, are now receiving the region’s top clinical care while physician researchers are studying their tumors as well as tumor tissue samples from children nationwide and throughout the world. Elizabeth Perlman, MD, head of the hospital’s Renal Pathology Center, reviews more than 95% of all Wilms tumors diagnosed in the United States, and is collaborating with the National Cancer Institute on a large-scale gene sequencing project aimed at enabling personalized therapy for these patients. Mary Beth Madonna, MD, pediatric surgeon and neuroblastoma researcher, cares for patients by surgically removing neuroblastoma tumors, a very aggressive tumor affecting young children. Her research focuses on finding new treatments for chemotherapy-resistant tumors. Both children receive care from oncologist Yasmin Gosiengfiao, MD.
We made a promise to our community when we created Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago on the campus of our academic partner, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
The accomplishments highlighted in this year’s annual report show how we are delivering on this promise, but, more importantly, demonstrate how we are building on the promise to continue to be a leader in pediatric medicine and science.
We are grateful for all you do to support a healthier future for children.
President & CEO
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago was recognized as one of the nation’s top pediatric hospitals in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll for 2015-2016, the highest distinction given to only 12 hospitals. The only pediatric hospital in Illinois to make the national Honor Roll, Lurie Children’s had four specialties in the top 10, including Gastroenterology (5th), Neonatology (7th), Neurology/Neurosurgery (8th) and Urology (9th).
Thomas Shanley, MD, an exceptional national leader in pediatric intensive care medicine and research, joined Lurie Children’s as the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Chief Research Officer of the hospital’s Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute. He also serves as the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He was formerly Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Shanley will focus on the integration of clinical and research activities to advance transformative changes in patient care.
Excellence in nursing services at Lurie Children’s was once again honored by the American Nurses Credentialing Center when it was granted its fourth consecutive Magnet designation. Lurie Children’s is one of less than 1 percent of all hospitals to have been re-designated four times, and the only pediatric facility in the country to have earned its fourth Magnet. Magnet hospitals are recognized for their outstanding environment for professional nursing, including excellent patient-to-nurse ratios, innovative and active nursing research programs and clinical governance that thrives on the input of staff nurses.
Through thoughtful planning, Lurie Children’s continues to lead the way in a healthcare environment that is rapidly changing. Farsighted initiatives aid the hospital in continuing to maximize quality and efficiency by providing children with the right care in the right place at the right time. Significant milestones this year include: