First Annual Children’s Innovation Award Presented to GE Healthcare

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Children’s National Medical Center honors company for innovative imaging technology

Children’s National Medical Center has announced that the first annual Children’s Innovation Award will be presented to GE Healthcare at the 7th Annual Children’s Ball, presented by Lexus, on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. Dr. Richard Hausmann, President & CEO, Magnetic Resonance from GE Healthcare will accept the award on behalf of John Dineen, CEO of GE Healthcare.

GE Healthcare provides innovative imaging technology to the child-centered MRI environments at the main campus and outpatient imaging centers of Children’s National Medical Center. These artistic and imaginative environments provide a comforting experience for young patients and allow them to enter MRI scanners with little or no anxiety. Since launching in the summer of 2012, more than 150 patients have been imaged without the need for sedation, creating a healthier experience for the child. Children’s National researchers are also pioneering the use of GE technology in fetal imaging, which could lead to increased ability to prevent brain injury prior to birth.

Dr. Kurt Newman, President and CEO of Children’s National Medical Center remarked, “We are so pleased to recognize the leadership of GE Healthcare’s CEO, John Dineen as well as Dr. Richard Hausmann and other GE colleagues for their incredible contribution to Children’s National Medical Center. GE’s innovative technology and their passion for leading the way to improve patient care makes them an ideally suited recipient for Children’s National’s first-ever Innovation Award.”

Over 800 guests from the business, professional, political, diplomatic, legal, and healthcare communities are expected to attend this year’s Children’s Ball. This year’s theme is “It’s a Small World After All,” which highlights the creative connections across the hospital and throughout the community, and shines a spotlight on Children’s National’s commitment to treating children from the Washington area, across the country, and around the world. The festive black-tie Ball will include cocktails, dinner, dancing, an exciting live auction, and an after-hours lounge and dance party. Funds raised for the Children’s Ball will play a key role in supporting the work of Children’s National’s world-renowned faculty and staff. These critical funds help to:

  •     provide top-notch care to children, regardless of their families’ ability to pay;
  •     invest in future cures for some of the most devastating childhood diseases; and
  •     recruit the best and brightest faculty, expand our programs, and update our facilities to provide the most innovative care for our patients.

For more information about the Children’s Ball, please contact Diana Kurnit at Dkurnit(at)cnmc(dot)org or 301-565-8530, or visit

About Children's National Medical Center
Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Home to Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is consistently ranked among the top pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group. Children’s National is a Magnet® designated hospital. With 303 beds and eight regional outpatient centers, Children’s National is the only exclusive provider of acute pediatric services in the Washington metropolitan area. For more information, visit, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About GE Healthcare
GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services to meet the demand for increased access, enhanced quality and more affordable healthcare around the world. GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter - great people and technologies taking on tough challenges. From medical imaging, software & IT, patient monitoring and diagnostics to drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and performance improvement solutions, GE Healthcare helps medical professionals deliver great healthcare to their patients.

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