Children's National Health System in Washington, D.C., has announced a $30 million gift from the United Arab Emirates in support of its new Research & Innovation Campus.
The gift will support development of the nearly twelve-acre complex, which is scheduled to open next year on the site of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center and will host researchers, universities, companies, and a rare-disease institute, all working to find solutions for some of the most challenging pediatric diseases and conditions. The complex also will include an outpatient care center that offers primary care services, genetic counseling, and coordinated care services for children with genetic and metabolic diseases, as well as a conference theater designed to foster global collaboration. In recognition of the gift, Children's National will name the main atrium of the research and innovation building for the UAE's late founder, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
The UAE made its first gift to Children's National in 2009 to fund the creation of the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation.
"We are deeply grateful for the United Arab Emirates' longstanding friendship and our shared belief that healthy children are the future of our societies," said Children's National president and CEO Kurt Newman. "Our great hope is that this new Research and Innovation Campus will lead to improved care for children everywhere."
"The UAE is proud to partner with CNMC, a leader in pediatric care," said UAE ambassador to the United States Yousef Al Otaiba. "The real power of this partnership is the opportunity it creates to find better treatments for children, not just in the U.S. or the UAE, but everywhere."