Together, Cincinnati Children's and Major League Baseball are providing at-risk families with the resources they need in one place, to meet their health, educational and professional goals.
MLB Funds All-Star Waiting Room
Baseball legends and Cincinnati Children’s patients and families were on hand to help celebrate the renovation of our Pediatric Primary Care Center (PPCC) waiting room – thanks to a generous gift from Major League Baseball and the Cincinnati Reds.
This amazing new space is so much more than a place to wait for a doctor’s appointment – it’s a one-stop shop to help provide families resources they need to find safe housing, quality childcare, legal help and more.
While children play with new interactive toys, read inspirational quotes adorning the walls and watch their favorite Reds players read stories on TVs, their parents can connect with local resources. Families can even Skype with local organizations with the center’s iPads. This new technology helps families have access to social services to ensure their children are receiving the best medical, social and emotional care available.
Advanced Cancer-Fighting Equipment Arrives
The heart of our new Proton Therapy Center – the cyclotron – was delivered to the Liberty Campus earlier this year. Designed to help doctors treat cancers and lymphomas with more accuracy than ever before, the addition of the cyclotron will make Cincinnati Children's one of only two pediatric medical centers in the United States to have a proton therapy center.
As one of the top two cancer programs in the nation, Cincinnati Children's provides the most innovative treatments. The delivery of a cyclotron, a 125- ton piece of equipment, will help us provide even more advanced care to children with pediatric cancers.
Proton therapy’s major advantage over traditional forms of radiotherapy is its ability to deliver radiation to a tumor with remarkable precision. This approach avoids radiation exposure to the surrounding healthy tissue, reducing long-term side effects that often occur with conventional radiation therapy. This innovative therapy is useful in up to 85 percent of pediatric tumors. The center is scheduled to open in the winter of 2017.
Remembering Dr. McLaurin
A pioneer in pediatric neurosurgery, Robert McLaurin, MD, passed away in May. He was among the first in the field to support fast-track neurosurgery research. Because of Dr. McLaurin's work, countless patients have benefited over the last 60 years from cutting-edge technology and discoveries.
Dr. McLaurin's legacy continues through the McLaurin Fellow and Scholar Programs, which he established in in 2005. The programs help train young scholars who work to find better treatments and share their findings with the larger medical community through publications, international presentations and federally-funded research. In 2010, Dr. McLaurin decided to expand his impact even further, and he created and endowed the Robert and Sarah McLaurin Chair of Pediatric Neurosurgery Research. The chair is used to recruit and retain the best and brightest neurosurgeons in the field, ensuring patients at Cincinnati Children’s, and around the world, will receive the world-class care they deserve.