New Wing of Children's Inn Opens
Photos By Ernie Branson and Joe Gannon
The Children's Inn at NIH held grand opening ceremonies May 5 to celebrate
the first major expansion in the inn's 14-year history. The new wing,
which provides 22 additional resident rooms and new public spaces for
pediatric outpatients at NIH and their families, opened May 10, bringing
inn capacity to 59 families.
Past and present residents of the inn and their families joined HHS Secretary
Tommy Thompson, NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni and others at a ribbon-cutting
ceremony marking the opening of the new wing. Author and veteran broadcast
journalist Cokie Roberts, a long-time board member of the inn, served
Emcee Cokie Roberts
Since 1990, more than 6,000 children from all 50 states and 57
countries have stayed at the inn, some for a few days and some for
months at a time.
The new wing more than doubles the size of the original inn. New,
fully-equipped community kitchens, dining and lounge areas will
be available to all families residing at the inn. There are also
several outdoor patios, a teen room featuring a large-screen TV
with surround-sound stereo, new staff office spaces and conference
room, laundry room and a special fitness center with several exercise
machines donated by the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
At a May 6 open house for employees, visitors learned that the tower
portion of the addition will one day feature a large mobile hanging from
the ceiling. From its arms will dangle prisms, to catch the sunlight streaming
into the facility and paint the walls with moving colors.
The Merck Company Foundation provided $3.7 million toward the $6.4 million
construction costs of the inn's expansion. The foundation has been the
lead corporate partner with the inn since it funded the original construction
| Dr. Philip Pizzo, dean of Stanford University School of Medicine and
founder of the Children's Inn during his 23-year tenure in NIH's intramural
program, tells guests what life was like for young patients before there
was an inn on campus. ||
| HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson wields a large pair of scissors
as he helps young residents of the Children's Inn at NIH cut the ribbon
to open the inn's new wing. Looking on (at l) is NIH director Dr. Elias
also addressed the crowd.
Zerhouni welcomes guests and describes the growth in pediatric research
over the last 15 years. The inn's new wing will go a long way toward meeting
a growing need.|
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