Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Oklahoma Children's Hospital Foundation Launches Campaign

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Oklahoma Children's Hospital Foundation Launches Campaign

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Bolstering endowed chairs and finishing programs in cancer, diabetes and genetics are the causes behind a new capital campaign for the Oklahoma Children's Hospital Foundation.

The campaign coincides with a new name for the foundation, formerly called the Children's Medical Research Institute. The name, Children's Hospital Foundation, resonates more with the general public, which is targeted for this latest outreach, said Steve Foskin, foundation board president.

"Our goal is to reach every corner of the state, because there are kids and their families from all across the state who utilize our services," Foskin said. "We identified $50 million in various projects and programs that need to be done or started. While we didn't formally announce a campaign goal, we decided to determine what we needed to accomplish to take us to one of the premier children's hospitals in the nation."

Children's Hospital Foundation has funded 33 endowed chairs in the Department of Pediatrics of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, said Kathy McCracken, executive director of the foundation. The goal is to raise the endowments from $2 million to $3 million or more, she said. The foundation receives 5 percent from the endowment every year, and that has diminished somewhat over the last few years, she said.

In addition, the campaign aims to complete the Childhood Diabetes Research Program, the Childhood Cancer Research Program and the Medical Genetics Research Program, each ranging from $13 million to $15 million, McCracken said.

From a scientific point of view, that's good news. Dr. Terrence Stull, chairman of the OU Department of Pediatrics and scientific director for the foundation, said the department has already attracted some of the best physicians from across the nation. Adding depth to that leadership means children will receive better care in Oklahoma without having to travel out of state, he said.

"On any given day, we have about 200 children inpatients in the hospital," Stull said. "Everything that can happen to a child, we take care of it. With more breadth and depth, children will get better care. We want a center dedicated to children where all the care is organized for that child and family's benefit. …

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