PALO ALTO, Calif. -- On Wednesday, April 27, physician residents at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital plan to "Stand For Kids: Protect Children's Healthcare" in a rally to urge members of Congress to protect vulnerable children’s access to health care as a congressional budget bill evolves. The Packard rally is one of more than twenty five “Stand for Kids” rallies planned this week by children’s hospitals and pediatric teaching institutions across the U.S.
Pediatricians, community leaders, and congressional representatives will unite on behalf of FY 2012 federal funding for the Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) program and other child health care programs facing cuts. Maintaining funding for these programs is crucial to keeping children healthy.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford
Mary L. Johnson Pediatric Ambulatory Care Center Building (lawn)
730 Welch Rd., Palo Alto, CA 94304 (map)
For more than 10 years, children’s teaching hospitals have grown their pediatric teaching programs with federal funding through the Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education program, but now these and other child health funds are endangered. CHGME is designed to reduce the national shortage of pediatric subspecialists, increase the number of pediatricians in communities, advance pediatric research and provide care for underserved children. With CHGME support, children’s teaching hospitals train almost 40 percent of all pediatricians and 43 percent of all pediatric specialists in the U.S. This bipartisan-supported program is now under fire in Washington, with at least a 15% reduction to the program through the end of Fiscal Year 2011. The President’s initial Fiscal Year 2012 budget eliminates the program entirely. CHGME needs full reauthorization in order to continue the mission of ensuring that all children have access to care. Additionally, many other critically important child health programs are facing severe budget cuts.
Speakers (all available for interviews):
* Representative Anna G. Eshoo (CA-14th District)
* Philip Pizzo, MD, dean of the Stanford School of Medicine
* Christopher G. Dawes, president and CEO, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
* Lisa Wise, parent-advocate for pediatricians and the care her child has received
* Pediatricians in support of pediatric teaching programs
Stand for Kids on Facebook.
Stand for Kids website and toolkit at http://www.standforkids.us.
Stand for Kids 5 Questions with Lisa Chamberlain, MD, MPH, on why pediatric teaching programs matter.
About Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
Stanford Children’s Health, with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford at its core, is the largest Bay Area health care enterprise exclusively dedicated to children and expectant mothers. Long recognized as one of America’s best, we are a leader in world-class, nurturing care and extraordinary outcomes in every pediatric and obstetric specialty, with care ranging from the routine to rare, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Together with our Stanford Medicine physicians, nurses, and staff, we can be accessed through partnerships, collaborations, outreach, specialty clinics and primary care practices at more than 45 locations in Northern California and 100 locations in the U.S. western region. As a non-profit, we are committed to supporting our community – from caring for uninsured or underinsured kids, homeless teens and pregnant moms, to helping re-establish school nurse positions in local schools. Learn more at stanfordchildrens.org and on our Healthier, Happy Lives blog. You can also discover how we are Building the Hospital of the Future. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.
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