MINNEAPOLIS and ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota today announced that Richard Murphy, CEO of Murphy Warehouse Company, has joined its board of directors. Murphy brings a diverse background to the board, with expertise in both logistics management and in landscape architecture including sustainable design.
Murphy has a deep, personal connection to Children's. His son, Tenner, was diagnosed with a brain tumor as a kindergartener, and has had more than fifteen surgical procedures to control the cancer. Murphy spent many weeks in the hospital with his son, giving him a unique perspective about the care Children's provides.
"It is magical, the way they work with both kids and the parents," said Murphy. "There is a culture at Children's where they know how to take care of patients as well as the parents who are also hurting throughout the process. There are so many little, subtle things they do that are a big deal, and can help families get through difficult times."
Murphy took a tour of the hospitals after he was approached about joining the board. He said he was impressed by the expansion and renovation, and how Children's has been able to add even more features to support families.
"Richard has a unique understanding of Children's that can only be gained through personal experience," said Alan L. Goldbloom, M.D., president and CEO of Children's of Minnesota. "He knows how important it is for families to have access to the best pediatric care. As a member of our board, I know he'll do whatever he can to help Children's continue to serve as an asset to the community."
Murphy said he was particularly pleased to see the added accommodations at Children's to help families stay close to their children. He said amenities like the in-hospital Ronald McDonald House, and having comfortable sleeping areas in patient rooms are examples of how Children's is a leader in providing care to the whole family.
Serving as Minnesota's children's hospital since 1924, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is one of the largest pediatric health care organizations in the United States, with 340 staffed beds at its two hospitals in St. Paul and Minneapolis. An independent, not-for-profit health care system, Children's of Minnesota provides care through more than 12,000 inpatient visits and more than 200,000 emergency room and other outpatient visits every year. Children's is the only Minnesota hospital system to provide comprehensive care exclusively to children.
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