Opening the Next Generation of Cancer Care
At Cincinnati Children’s, we are committed to developing the safest and most advanced treatments for cancers in children and young adults. We recently moved into the next generation of cancer care with the new Proton Therapy Center at our Liberty Campus.
Opened in August 2016, our center—one of only two such centers in the nation owned by a children’s hospital—provides focused proton radiation treatment that allows doctors to precisely target tumors while minimizing radiation damage to the surrounding healthy tissues. And that means pediatric cancer survivors can grow up with far fewer long-term consequences.
Additionally, the facility features one bay (or gantry) dedicated exclusively to research— the first one of its kind in the world.
“This important investment will transform cancer care for children and adults and generate a new wave of discovery,” says Michael Fisher, president and CEO.
Supporting Kids in Crisis
Every day, an average of 20 kids come to our Emergency Department (ED) with a mental health crisis. In fact, Cincinnati Children’s has seen a nearly 50 percent increase in mental health emergency visits over the last five years. But, for these kids and teens, the ED can be a scary place.
That’s why Kindervelt, the largest fundraising auxiliary of Cincinnati Children’s, committed their next four years of support to the psychiatric needs of our region’s children. Their generous partnership will establish the Kindervelt Psychiatric Emergency Assessment Center (KV PEACe). Kindervelt’s support will fund additional staff, six new rooms in the ED and a designated waiting room, specifically for patients with mental health needs.
Thanks to Kindervelt’s partnership, we’ll be able to provide a more supportive environment to meet the psychiatric needs of kids and families.
Serving Aces for Survivors of Cancer
In Cincinnati, the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament is more than just a sporting event—it’s an important source of support for Cincinnati Children’s.
Over the last 40 years, Tennis for Charity, Inc. (TFC), the tournament’s charitable board, has donated more than $8 million of the open’s proceeds to the Cincinnati Children’s Cancer Survivorship Center, which provides lifelong care to pediatric cancer patients.
“These donations are a testament to the hard work of our staff, board members and, most importantly, the volunteers who contribute countless hours each year to the event, which allows us to give back to the community,” says Western & Southern Open CEO Elaine Bruening. “Cincinnati Children’s does so much to help the children and families in our community and we’re proud to support them.”