Seattle Children's Hospital has announced a $20 million gift from former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife, Connie, to help its Odessa Brown Children's Clinic better serve vulnerable families in the community.
Part of Seattle Children's $125 million It Starts With Yes Campaign, the gift will enable OBCC to open a second location near the Othello Link light rail station, making its services more accessible to the 75 percent of OBCC patient families who have moved from the central district to south Seattle and south King County in search of more affordable housing. Services offered at the Othello location will include pediatric medical care, mental health services, dental services, nutrition, sports medicine, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.
In addition, the original OBCC in the city's central district will receive upgrades to its clinical facilities, enabling it to better serve families in the district and adjacent neighborhoods, as well as communities to the north and west.
"We are incredibly grateful to the commitment that these donors have made to bring quality care to all children and their families in the community," said OBCC senior medical director Benjamin Danielson. "They understand the need and are stepping forward to ensure every child has a medical home and is able to have the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible."
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