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Cincinnati Children’s Gets Top Honor

Cincinnati Children’s is one of only 10 pediatric hospitals in the nation and the only Ohio hospital listed on the Honor Roll in U.S. News and World Report’s 2009 America’s Best Children’s Hospitals edition. Cincinnati Children’s ranked first for digestive disorders and in the top 20 for all specialties ranked.

Scientists Test Safety of H1N1 Vaccine

The medical center is one of eight centers nationwide to test two vaccines to protect against H1N1, or swine flu. “We are proud to be part of the effort to evaluate the H1N1 vaccines so we can ensure they are safe and effective,” says David Bernstein, MD, director of infectious diseases at Cincinnati Children’s. Trials began in August. The vaccines are expected to be available in October.

New Institutes Foster Collaborative Care

Cincinnati Children’s is blazing a bold new path in improving child health. Three new institutes — the Heart Institute, the Perinatal Institute and the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute — have been established to foster collaboration between researchers, clinicians and the community. The collaborative culture will promote a greater understanding of many childhood diseases and result in better treatments and care for children.

Gift Shop Reaches $1 Million in Sales

In 1942, the Junior Co-Operative Society, an auxiliary group of Cincinnati Children’s, opened a gift shop to raise funds to help patients at the hospital. At the time, the shop consisted of a few shelves of homemade items in a hospital waiting room. Now located at the main hospital, the Gift Shop broke an astounding record of $1million in sales last fiscal year. To date, the Junior Co- Operative Society has donated more than $4.2 million to the medical center.

“It is so rewarding to help raise money that goes toward helping the children treated here. You really feel like you make a difference,” says Marjorie Gilsdorf, president of the Junior Co- Operative Society and 22-year volunteer.

The Junior Co-Operative Society’s rich and charitable history with Cincinnati Children’s spans a century. In 1910, members of The Cooperative Society, the hospital’s first auxiliary group, invited a group of young women to visit patients. The group agreed and came to be known as the “juniors.”

That gracious dedication continues today in the nearly 50 volunteers who donate more than 10,000 hours each year to operate the Gift Shop. They live their motto: The More You Shop, the More We Give!

Visit the Gift Shop web site for more information.

You can make an impact in the life of a sick child simply by making a gift to Cincinnati Children’s.