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President Obama Holds Roundtable Discussion on Health Reform at Children's National Medical Center

Today President Obama held a roundtable discussion on healthcare reform with pediatric leaders from [Children's National Medical Center.

Washington, D.C. (Vocus) July 20, 2009 -- Today President Obama held a roundtable discussion on healthcare reform with pediatric leaders from Children's National Medical Center. The discussion focused on the unique needs of children and the challenges of ensuring quality healthcare for all children.

In a closed door meeting with pediatric healthcare providers across the continuum of care, President Obama listened to the concerns of physicians, nurses, and physician assistants from one the nation's leading children's hospitals. Topics discussed ranged from improving access to care to the unique challenges of employing new technologies, like electronic medical records, in a pediatric setting.

"As the nation's children's hospital, located just a few miles from the steps of the Capitol, Children's National Medical Center knows firsthand about the challenges facing our healthcare system," said Edwin K. Zechman, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer at Children's National. "We're very pleased that President Obama is seeking the input of pediatric experts as he looks to address the complex issues of healthcare reform."

President Obama met with:

  • Regina Hartridge, RN, MSN, CPN, clinical nurse manager for the Children's Health Project of the District of Columbia, a mobile health program based out of Children's National Medical Center.

  • Brian Jacobs, MD, Vice President and Chief Medical Information Officer at Children's National and an attending physician in Critical Care Medicine.

  • Yewande J. Johnson, MD, is a pediatric anesthesiologist specializing in pain medicine.

  • Michael Knapp, RN, Executive Director for the Emergency Medicine Trauma Services at Children's National Medical Center.

  • Kathleen Quigley, PA-C, MSHS, physician assistant in the Division of Neurosurgery at Children's National Medical Center.

  • Joseph Wright, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President of the Child Health Advocacy Institute at Children's National Medical Center.

Children's National Medical Center has a long-standing history of advocating for children in the Washington, DC, region and around the nation. More than 30 years ago, Children's established the nation's first hospital-based office focused exclusively on child health advocacy.

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About Children's National Medical Center
Children's National Medical Center, located in Washington, DC, is a proven leader in the development of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury. Children's has been serving the nation's children for more than 135 years. Children's National is proudly ranked among the best pediatric hospitals in America by US News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group. For more information, visit Children's Research Institute, the academic arm of Children's National Medical Center, encompasses the translational, clinical, and community research efforts of the institution. Learn more about our research programs at

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