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Senate President Sweeney Tours The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

sweeney at chopSenate President Steve Sweeney toured The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) today, getting a firsthand look at the care and services provided by the nation’s first hospital devoted exclusively to the care of children. Founded in 1855, CHOP has more than 50 facilities in the area, including New Jersey.

“There is nothing more important than treating and caring for children with medical problems,” said Senator Sweeney. “CHOP was the first hospital to devote itself to children and we are fortunate to have many quality hospitals, medical programs and doctors in the Philadelphia and New Jersey area to treat and cure illnesses in children.”

Senator Sweeney toured CHOP’s The Buerger Center For Advanced Pediatric Care, a state-of-the-art facility that is considered to be the most advanced outpatient pediatric center in the U.S.

The center is designed to make the medical experience fun for children while efficient and convenient for families.

“Anything that can be done to make the experience more effective and comfortable for the children and their families is important,” said Senator Sweeney. “The advances in science and medicine are important, but so are the improvements in the way care is provided.”

“We at CHOP appreciate Senator Sweeney’s visit today,” said Madeline Bell, President & CEO, CHOP. “As a noted advocate for the wellbeing of children, the Senator shares our commitment to making sure the children of the greater Philadelphia and South Jersey area have the best possible pediatric care.”

sweeney chopThe hospital has been the birthplace for many dramatic firsts in pediatric medicine, fostering medical discoveries and innovations that have improved pediatric healthcare and saved countless children’s lives. Families facing complex conditions go to CHOP from all over the world.

CHOP’s Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment is an internationally recognized leader in fetal diagnosis, fetal surgery and fetal care, offering specialized care to mothers carrying fetuses with known birth defects that require fetal surgery and treatment before or after birth.

Also participating were Madeline Bell, President & CEO, CHOP, Doug Carney, SVP for Facilities, Real Estate and Capital Program, Jonathan Hood, Manager, State and Local Affairs, Elizabeth Robinson, Manager, Health Policy & Programs and Leonarda Parente, Operations Manager, Ambulatory Services.

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