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2010 Children's Hospital & Medical Center Snapshot

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January 1 – December 31, 2010

Fiscal year 2010 was marked by a sluggish economy and the expansion of competition in the NICU market. Performance and growth over the prior year was impacted by the movement of the physicians to Children's Specialty Physicians but received a boost from the strong outpatient activity and the opening of the Children's Specialty Pediatric Center.

As a result, excess revenue over expenses decreased $19 million while total net revenue exceeded $238.8 million. Net assets increased from $250 million in 2009 to $271 million in 2010, reflecting the recovering investment market and capital additions to the hospital campus. Total assets increased by $18 million to $414 million in 2010.

Lights. Cameras. Action.

Years of hard work and planning culminated in the 2010 opening of the Children's Specialty Pediatric Center. While a milestone for us, we also celebrated many other accomplishments with our staff, patients and families.

340,000 Total
Patient Visits

7,450 Inpatient Admissions

5,700 Outpatient

Mobile Websites Launch

Parent Portal Debuts

37,700 Emergency and
Urgent Care Visits


Giving Campaign
Tops $226,000

$1,007,710 Donated
through Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

Gala Raises

Transport Team Takes to the Air

224 Open
Heart Surgeries


358 Hybrid Cardiac Cath
Lab Procedures

Specialty Pediatric Center Opens

52,000 Outpatient
Specialty Clinic Visits

"Imagine" Unveiled


To have ambition is an admirable quality. Defined as a strong desire for success, it can lead to great accomplishments. On behalf of everyone at Children's Hospital & Medical Center, we are proud to report that in 2010 our ambitious efforts culminated in some truly extraordinary achievements.



To have ambition is an admirable quality. Defined as a strong desire for success, it can lead to great accomplishments. On behalf of everyone at Children's Hospital & Medical Center, we are proud to report that in 2010 our ambitious efforts culminated in some truly extraordinary achievements.

Most notable is the unveiling of our new Specialty Pediatric Center, a remarkable place designed for the efficient and coordinated delivery of care that meets the needs of all sick and injured children, from the simplest conditions to the most challenging and complex.

This grand event made for an exceptional year, and yet there's more. As caregivers, our specialists, physicians, nurses, staff and colleagues called upon their skills and experience to treat and heal children every day. As researchers, they worked to discover new procedures and therapies for tomorrow. And as teachers, they passed their knowledge on to the next generation of medical professionals.

All this doesn't come from ambition alone. It takes imagination, innovation, preparation, cooperation, direction and perfection – powerful words that when put together can make a world of difference – and tell the story of how Children's is making a difference in the world!

Gary A. Perkins, FACHE
President and CEO

Barbara Schaefer
Chairman of the Board



Guiding the Way

The promise of outstanding pediatric medical care is hollow if no one is trained to provide it. That's why Children's Hospital & Medical Center takes the lead, both as a highly-respected pediatric teaching hospital and as a valued source of continuing educational opportunities for the region. We teach future caregivers - and we learn from them, too. Because promises are only good when they're kept.



Guiding the Way

A career in medicine means more than long hours, dedication and perseverance.

"One of the elements that distinguish medicine from other vocations is the role each of us plays in perpetuating the profession," says Carl Gumbiner, M.D., senior vice president of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer for Children's Hospital & Medical Center. "We are the stewards who are tasked with preserving, improving and carrying pediatric medicine into the future. It's our personal obligation."

Medical professionals are required to be lifelong learners, Dr. Gumbiner says, "and there's no better way to continue the process than through lifelong teaching."

The physicians, surgeons and specialists at Children's care for children and set aside time to teach their skills to residents and medical students. Each member of Children's Specialty Physicians is a faculty member at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Medicine. The pediatric surgery fellowship program at Children's is one of only 40 such fellowships in the country. The caregivers at Children's also train nurses, occupational therapists, social workers and other pediatric health professionals.

"For us, teaching is not a distraction from patient care – it's an integral part of patient care," says Dr. Gumbiner, a pediatric cardiologist who holds academic appointments at Creighton University School of Medicine and the UNMC College of Medicine. "Our students and residents keep us constantly on top of our mental game. When they ask 'Why?,' it challenges us. When they ask 'Why not?,' it triggers research and further discovery."

As a teaching environment, Children's offers the opportunity to see, care for and learn from the broadest possible range of sick children and pediatric medical conditions. "We've got it all," Dr. Gumbiner says. "Textbooks can't present what we can in person."

That fact makes Children's an exciting place to study – and to teach. "The enthusiasm for learning, and the compassion and energy our students and residents put into their patient contact, remind us every day why we're here," Dr. Gumbiner says. "Channeling this enthusiasm as instructors fosters collaboration that keeps Children's at the forefront of the rapidly advancing field of pediatric care."

The extended medical community, meanwhile, benefits from Children's wide array of educational seminars, training courses, publications and conferences, such as the Upper Midwest Regional Pediatric Conference, an annual collaborative effort of Children's and several regional medical facilities.

"One of the best ways to understand a condition or a technique is to try and teach it, especially to a critical audience like our students, our residents and the colleagues we encounter on outreach," Dr. Gumbiner says. "Mastering the ability to teach others, whether here at Children's or through our outreach programs, is one more step we take in enhancing our own expertise."

Expertise that helps ensure Children's promise to provide high quality pediatric health care for generations to come will not be broken.


Research Uncovers Medical Advances

Hope can be seen under a microscope. It can be sensed in the urgency to return to the lab and try a new idea, felt in the excitement of discovery, and revealed in a medical journal or conference presentation. Hope is an element of every innovative research project at Children's Hospital & Medical Center. And because the physicians and specialists who conduct these ground-breaking studies share the virtue of hope, so will the families and children we serve. Hope. We can't wait to pass it on.



Research Uncovers Medical Advances

Pediatric oncologist Minnie Abromowitch, M.D., the Medical Director of the Hematology/Oncology Clinic at Children's, helps develop and administer treatment protocols that impact the care and the lives of young cancer patients around the world.

A member of Children's Specialty Physicians, Dr. Abromowitch is Professor in the Section of Hematology/Oncology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Medicine. She has spent half her life conducting research, writing protocols and treating childhood leukemias and lymphomas.

"Protocols allow patients to be treated in the same fashion no matter where they are," she says. "They are written by experts in the field, and while the treatments are usually variations of standard treatments, there is considerable time, effort and resources put into their refinement. That's reflected in the results."

The first protocol she produced as part of the Children's Oncology Group, the world's largest cooperative cancer research organization, was for the treatment of pediatric lymphoblastic lymphoma. The second protocol incorporated the results of a five-year study based on a treatment developed in Germany and has become the mainstay for treatment everywhere.

"About 85 percent of children and adolescents with lymphoblastic lymphoma are cured with this treatment," she says.

Most recently, she helped develop a method of identifying higher-risk lymphoblastic lymphoma patients by examining their blood at diagnosis for certain "markers" in the cells. "Our difficulty had been identifying the 15 percent whose burden of disease was much different," she says. "By treating them with alternative, specific, targeted therapy, we'll see if we can improve that 85 percent to 100 percent."

One floor away in the same building at Children's, pediatric cardiologist Shelby Kutty, M.D., is working late, writing a presentation for an international conference where he will share his discoveries regarding the use of microbubbles to increase the ability of ultrasound to dissolve blood clots.

The study is one of no fewer than 15 research projects initiated by Dr. Kutty, a cardiologist with Children's Specialty Physicians and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the UNMC College of Medicine, Pediatric Cardiology.

Besides dissolving blood clots better, a goal in the microbubble project is to proactively reduce their occurrence and the subsequent risk of stroke. Combining the microbubble infusion technique with 3D echo imaging, for which Dr. Kutty is widely recognized as an expert, allows the cardiologist to precisely guide the process and watch the results.

It is a revolutionary treatment that could benefit many pediatric patients, such as those who undergo long-term central catheter placement, those who have tubes surgically implanted in their hearts, or children who have suffered brain strokes – three situations which often result in clots.

Dr. Kutty's work is gaining considerable notice. He is the first pediatric cardiologist to receive a three-year development award from the American College of Cardiology Foundation. He also is the first pediatric cardiologist in the nation to receive the Arthur E. Weyman Young Investigator's Award of the American Society of Echocardiography.

Awards and recognition, however, aren't what compel him to work well into the night. "I ask questions and then I investigate," he says. "I'm basically trying to find answers to things less studied; less known."

The innovative answers provided by Dr. Kutty and Dr. Abromowitch – and the many other dedicated researchers at Children's – are giving sick children and worried families exactly what they need.


Sparking a Transformation

Twice the Healing

Abby Robinson has encountered many obstacles in her son's young life. Little Landon arrived dangerously early and required surgery to help him breathe, eat and grow. But a childhood experience at Children's Hospital & Medical Center gave Abby her own unique perspective. A past patient, she's now a mother watching her little boy thrive.

Watch their story



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2010 Snapshot

Imagination fuels discovery and reveals unexpected possibilities. It allows us to exceed expectations and envision new dreams.

In 2010, a beautiful new center opened at Children's Hospital & Medical Center, one we had imagined years ago. The Specialty Pediatric Center, designed especially for children and young people, is a place where pediatric patients of all ages receive specialized outpatient care. It is also where we find an artistic vision, a larger than life creation, appropriately named "Imagine."

Follow our journey, our snapshot of 2010 at Children's Hospital & Medical Center.