Children’s National Hospital has announced that it will receive a $5 million gift from The Boeing Company in support of its Research & Innovation Campus.
Currently under construction, the new campus will be the first in the nation dedicated to pediatric research, and it will conduct research towards life-saving pediatric discoveries, according to a statement from the hospital.
An area of around 12 acres at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center site will be the location of the campus.
The 3,200-square-foot auditorium in the building’s conference center will be named in honor of Boeing’s generosity.
“We are deeply grateful to Boeing for their support and commitment to improving the health and well-being of children in our community and around the globe,” said Kurt Newman, M.D., president and CEO of Children’s National.
“The Boeing Auditorium will help the Children’s National Research & Innovation campus become the destination for discussion about how to best address the next big healthcare challenges facing children and families,” he added.
The pediatric center is planned to create collaborations between public and private partners in hopes of developing new treatments for children.
“Children’s National Hospital’s enduring mission of positively impacting the lives of our youngest community members is especially important today,” Boeing President and CEO David Calhoun was quoted as saying in the release dated October 20. “We’re honored to join other national and community partners to advance this work through the establishment of their Research and Innovation Campus.”
Among the campus’ partners are Johnson & Johnson Innovation (JLABS), Virginia Tech, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Food & Drug Administration (FDA), US Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), Cerner, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, National Organization of Rare Diseases (NORD) and local government.