Seattle Children’s hosted a site dedication ceremony last week to celebrate the first phase of a hospital expansion plan to move from a 250-bed facility to a 500 to 600-bed facility by 2030.

Serving a four-state region including Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho, Children’s launched this expansion to serve an increasing regional pediatric population that is growing faster than the national average.

The event drew members of the public, Senator Scott White, Children’s CEO Dr. Tom Hansen, partners Sellen Construction, ZGF Architects LLP and The Seneca Group, patients, families and staff to recognize the initial phase of the ‘Building Hope’ construction project – new cancer, critical care and emergency care space slated for completion in 2013.

“We’re expanding our Seattle campus to better serve our most vulnerable patients, including children who need services like cancer and emergency care,” shared Lisa Brandenburg, senior vice president and chief administrative officer. “The need is great and continues to grow.”


The event included:

  • displays showing what the interior and exterior spaces will look like
  • an elementary-age children’s choir singing, “What One Little Person Can Do”
  • a blessing ceremony by members of the hospital’s pastoral care team and other area spiritual leaders and
  • a ribbon-tying ceremony celebrating growth, renewal and health and respect for the environment hosted by Steve Ross, co-chair of the Friends of Children’s council and Laurelhurst community neighbor

“Children’s is creating additional space and an environment so that more children can have the chance my son did— to be able to receive the important care that saved his life,” shared Lisa Owen, a parent who spoke about her son’s recent cancer care at the hospital. “I can’t think of anything more important for our community.”

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