To Change Patients’ Lives
Imagine a place where children receive the world’s most advanced medical care in a bright and peaceful setting. A place where top clinicians and researchers collaborate to further every area of pediatric medicine. A place where children can play, create and hope. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is just such a place.
Thanks to philanthropic events like the Holiday Boutique, groundbreaking new treatments and innovative research projects are changing the lives of patients at CHOP.
Many of our discoveries have profoundly changed pediatric medicine — an artificial womb for the tiniest preterm babies; a successful double hand transplant; liquid ventilation for infants with severe chronic lung disease. Other game-changing projects are just getting started such as school telehealth, a dedicated medical program for foster children, and craniosynostosis biobank research.
Advancing Care in New Ways
Funds raised by the Holiday Boutique are awarded to deserving programs through the Women’s Committee grant process. Below are a few projects supported by the Holiday Boutique.
Technology Brings Doctor to School
School nurses have a new partner: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). In a pilot program at a local school district, CHOP pediatricians are on call each school day for telehealth consults with students and school nurses. An earache. A headache. A rash. If a child comes to the nurse’s office with an ailment that warrants a doctor visit, the visit happens then. In telehealth, a doctor assesses patients without being physically present. In the school nurse’s office, the nurse, patient and doctor are connected by screen and voice — like a healthcare version of FaceTime or Skype, only much more secure.
Replicating the Womb
Infants born at 22 to 26 weeks’ gestation are so small they can fit in their mother’s hand. Fewer than half survive. Of those who do, 90 percent suffer sickness and disability. Our team is developing a revolutionary device that would keep these tiny infants in a womb-like environment after birth until they are 28 weeks old and far better able to survive. The impact on pediatric health could be enormous.
Fostering Health for Children
When children are removed from their homes and placed in foster care, many must leave things like clothes, toys and medicines behind. To help foster families sort through the complicated medical and emotional issues, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia created the Fostering Health Program. The Program matches a team of clinicians with caseworkers to ensure each child receives a comprehensive evaluation and is referred to specialists as needed.