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Clinical Care & Access

800th kidney transplant

Lurie Children’s celebrated its 800th kidney transplant this year, underscoring our national reputation for clinical excellence in pediatric nephrology and kidney transplantation. In FY22, the hospital’s Siragusa Transplantation Center performed a total of 33 pediatric kidney transplants, the third most of all U.S. children’s hospitals. Housed within the Siragusa Transplantation Center, this program has stellar outcomes, with a three-year patient and organ survival rate at 100 percent.

Pandemic preparedness

To address future pandemic challenges, Lurie Children’s and four other U.S. children’s hospitals received a $29 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The group will establish a new paradigm for effectively and equitably responding to future pandemics that addresses the medical, educational, and behavioral health needs of children.

Expanding access to mental health services

Innovative programs at Lurie Children’s are expanding access to mental health care for children in Chicago and across the state. The REACH program, a partnership between the Illinois State Board of Education and Lurie Children’s Center for Childhood Resilience (CCR), has been so successful in delivering mental health care in schools that it is now expanding to 425 school districts across the state. In Chicago, Lurie Children’s is expanding its collaborative program between CCR and Chicago Public Schools, which will be implemented in all 515 CPS schools by 2024.

Connecting care for patients

The Connected Care Center opened to improve the patient experience, optimize clinical operations and get patients to their designated point of care sooner. This hospital “nerve center” brings three operations together in one space, enabling instant communication and oversight of patient movement: the Patient Access Center, Transport Communications Center and Digital Health. Screens throughout the center show up-to-the-minute dashboards on occupancy in every area, pending needs for transfers, staffing levels, reasons for discharge delays, and other indicators of bed availability.

Youth lead “Healing Through Justice” project

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded Chicago’s Communities United $10 million over the next eight years for its partnership with Lurie Children’s to advance “Healing Through Justice: A Community-led Breakthrough Strategy for Healing Centered Communities.” Work on this partnership is a fundamental part of Lurie Children’s 2023-2025 Community Health Implementation Strategy, which was developed in response to a 2021 survey of Chicago residents that identified mental health and the need for equitable access to mental health services as their priority health concern.