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Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford to Raise Its Voice for Kids in Health Care Reform Debate
Date:5/7/2009

Online Mobilization Campaign Urges Congress to Make Health Reform Work for Children

STANFORD, Calif., May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford is joining the National Association of Children's Hospitals (N.A.C.H.) as it gears up to launch a grassroots mobilization campaign asking Congress and the Obama Administration to make health care reform work for children.

"Our hospital is extraordinarily proud to be taking part in Speak Now for Kids," said Christopher Dawes, president and chief executive officer at Packard Children's. "It is imperative that those of us who care for children, as parents, health care providers and advocates, speak up to ensure that the health care needs of children are included in the health care reform legislation currently being drafted in Washington. The time to act is now - our children are depending on us."

What: National Speak Now for Kids in Health Reform Campaign

The campaign utilizes interactive Web technology to allow advocates to register online as champions for children's health, express their priorities for children in health reform and upload testimonials about experiences with children's health care. Gathered data will be broken out by Congressional district and rolled up nationally to display advocates' opinions in a user friendly dash board.

Who: Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford and the National Association Children's Hospitals (N.A.C.H.)

National campaign partners also include the American Academy of Pediatrics, Children's Defense Fund, Children's Health Fund, First Focus and March of Dimes.

When: Ongoing throughout the month of May

Where: Visit www.SpeakNowforKids.org

    Contact:
    Julie Panna
    202-491-5995
    jpanna@adfero.com

    Robert Dicks
    650-497-8364
    rdicks@lpch.org

About Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

Ranked as one of the nation's best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford is a 272-bed hospital devoted to the care of children and expectant mothers. Providing pediatric and obstetric medical and surgical services and associated with the Stanford University School of Medicine, Packard Children's offers patients locally, regionally and nationally the full range of health care programs and services, from preventive and routine care to the diagnosis and treatment of serious illness and injury. For more information, visit www.lpch.org.

About N.A.C.H.

The National Association of Children's Hospitals - N.A.C.H. - is the public policy affiliate of NACHRI. N.A.C.H. is a trade organization of 141 children's hospitals and supports children's hospitals in addressing public policy issues that affect their ability to fulfill their missions to serve children and their families. N.A.C.H. fulfills its mission and vision through federal advocacy, collaboration and communication designed to strengthen the ability of children's hospitals and health systems to influence public policy makers, understand federal and state policy issues, advance access and quality of health care for all children, and sustain financially their missions of clinical care, education, research and advocacy. http://www.childrenshospitals.net/AM/Template.cfm?Section=About_N_A_C_H_


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