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$4 million grant boosts University of Michigan campaign for a new children's hospital

dily available pediatric medical care, and made it a principle mission of the foundation they established," says Elizabeth A. Stieg, executive director of The Carls Foundation, based in Detroit, Mich. "The Trustees of The Carls Foundation felt that the Mott Children's Hospital plans for a new facility are clearly needed and helps fulfill that mission, and that William and Marie Carls would have been pleased by this grant."

Past grants from The Carls Foundation have allowed Mott to advance research and care in the area of jaw-related birth defects and to establish a new diagnostic and treatment program for children at risk for profound hearing loss in the U-M Section of Pediatric Otolaryngology.

While such programs and research efforts have made Mott a nationally and internationally-recognized leader in children's health, the time has come to build a new hospital in the interest of keeping pace with future innovation, technology, and advances in patient-centered clinical care, says Associate Hospital Director for Children's and Women's Services Patricia A. Warner, MPH. "Since the Mott facility was conceived in the 1950s, patient care, research and medical technology have made extraordinary advances," notes Warner. "In our current facility, it's become a challenge for us to keep up with increasing patient demand and make room for current advances in medical technology and treatment."

In fiscal year 2004 alone, 11,519 children were admitted to or born at the facility, and there were about 350,000 outpatient visits by children and infants to U-M clinics. Plus, demand for Mott surgical services has increased an average of 5 percent to 10 percent each year. The proposed new facility will house Mott's current services, as well as the Michigan Congenital Heart Center, the Birth Center and Holden Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and one of only 13 Level 1 pediatric trauma centers in the United States, Warner says. Plus, a new facility will give Mott th
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Contact: Krista Hopson
khopson@umich.edu
734-764-2220
University of Michigan Health System
2-Mar-2005


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