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$17.8+ million – Most successful fundraising effort in the hospital’s 100 years

BALTIMORE, MD (1/23/23)—Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital (MWPH) today announced the results of the Hope Heal Grow Centennial Campaign – the most successful fundraising effort in the hospital’s history. The Campaign exceeded its initial goal of $15,000,000, raising more than $17.8 million to strengthen MWPH’s position as a leader in providing family-focused, coordinated care to all children regardless of their ability to pay.

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“Through the power of philanthropy, we are able to bring our hospital into the next century of care by providing state-of-the-art facilities and innovative programs,” said Jill Feinberg, Vice President for Development and External Affairs. “Equally important, has been the generous support of our boards, staff members, and the entire community.”

The historic campaign, extended to four-and-a-half years during the COVID-19 pandemic, was created to impact three priority areas: expansion and renovation of the Rosenberg Outpatient Medical Center, building the new Ability Center for outpatient rehabilitation, and investing in hospital programs and innovative technologies through the Children’s Fund.

Several transformational gifts from longstanding and new supporters contributed to the campaign’s success including the Jack & Mae Rosenberg Charitable Trust; Lawrence C. Pakula, MD z”l and the Louis H. Gross Foundation; Roslyn and Leonard Stoler; the Eliasberg Family Foundation; the Joseph & Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds; among others.

“It has been inspiring to be part of this Campaign and to see the story of Mt. Washington resonate so deeply with our community,” said Alison Cohen, Campaign Chair and Foundation board trustee. “Dozens of fundraising volunteers led outreach efforts and have been our biggest champions. It’s truly remarkable to see this level of support and engagement, particularly when you consider that the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to regroup and work remotely.”

Energized by the Centennial year and the important work of MWPH, the Campaign raised $17,801,484 from 2,773 donors who made 6,804 gifts. Of those donors, 12 percent represent MWPH staff, whose culture of philanthropy strengthens the positive work environment. The Campaign also brought in 1,668 new donors, allowing MWPH to deepen its community footprint.

Hope Heal Grow Centennial Campaign priorities

The Jack & Mae Rosenberg Outpatient Center Expansion and Renovation

The expansion, completed and opened in June 2021, extended the Center’s clinical space from 14,000 square feet to 20,600 square feet and allows for 16,900 additional patient visits each year. Interior designers refreshed the original lobby and extended the playful, inviting, and child-friendly theme throughout the clinic. Larger staff workspaces support collaboration among clinical teams and accommodate multi-disciplinary clinics. The design of the new spaces fosters integrated and cohesive care with best practices for electronic health record documentation and staff and patient safety in mind. Upgraded technology permits more telemedicine and larger workspaces enable social distancing. Medical gases are now available in all of the exam rooms and a dedicated medication room meets best practice guidelines. Seven new exam rooms bring the center to a total of 19 exam rooms, and eight additional psychology treatment spaces bring the private spaces for mental health services to 28. These new spaces allow for the addition of several innovative medical clinics including Gender Diverse, Making Valuable Progress (MVP) for infant complex care evaluations, Early Detection for cerebral palsy, and ReadyCare for urgent needs.

The Ability Center Design and Build

The Ability Center, a newly designed 4,000+ square-foot, technologically advanced rehabilitation facility will meet the growing demand for outpatient medical and rehabilitation services in the region. Serving as the referring partner for post-acute care from the University of MD Shock Trauma and Johns Hopkins Children’s Center Trauma and Burn Center, the Ability Center will address pediatric and adolescent patients who have sustained multiple traumas, have congenital or acquired disabilities, or need intensive post-surgical rehabilitation, providing seamless care that minimizes disability and maximizes functional independence. Conveniently attached to the Rosenberg Outpatient Building it will focus on outpatient clinics and on intensive rehabilitation programming, resulting in an additional 15,000 patient visits for 1,200 new patients. MWPH outpatient rehab takes a comprehensive approach using interdisciplinary teams of physicians, therapists, and clinicians for feeding, occupational, speech, language, and physical therapies; child life and recreation; brain injury; obesity; and physiatry. Dedicated to therapy, sports, recreation, and abilities training, the facility will include a large open gymnasium surrounded by smaller, more private treatment areas and workspaces for family/staff interactions. By providing coordinated care for children with chronic health conditions additional hospitalizations and emergency room visits will be prevented. The Ability Center is expected to open in spring 2023 and will utilize state-of-the-art equipment including the Bioness Vector Gait and Safety System.

 The MWPH Children’s Fund

The Children’s Fund will help to grow both the Mt. Washington Pediatric Foundation’s endowment (MWP Foundation) and its annual fund. Both of these invest in priorities that move the hospital and its mission forward including innovative programs, state-of-the-art equipment, capacity building, and community well-being. The MWP Foundation is an essential partner in the hospital’s mission to maximize the health and independence of children in Baltimore and beyond. Since 1998, the MWP Foundation has distributed over $13 million in grants allowing for inventive and original approaches to service delivery and medical care. MWPH’s annual fund supports urgent hospital projects, foreseen and unforeseen, enabling the hospital to maintain financial stability and focus on providing the very best care. The Children’s Fund expands programs and thought leadership to address some of the most prevalent medical challenges that impact Maryland’s children.

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