MINNEAPOLIS and ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota today announced the appointment of Jonathan Wood to its board of directors. Wood brings extensive financial and accounting experience to the board, along with a personal perspective about the importance of world class pediatric care.
When he was 14 years old, Wood was hospitalized with a life threatening condition and given a 50-50 chance for survival. He shared a hospital room with other patients, including some who didn't make it. The experience left a lasting impression, and is why he's now excited to help Children's advance its mission to provide the best possible care to patients and families.
"I recognize the impact of the advances that have been made, like private rooms where families can stay with their kids," said Wood. "Children's does a great job treating the whole child and helping them feel connected to their friends and family. I want to help them get to the next level, as a world class facility."
Wood said he's particularly interested in engaging children around fundraising efforts. By helping kids get involved with Children's, he hopes to increase their compassion for others, while instilling a sense of community involvement that they can carry with them throughout their lives.
"Jonathan brings a unique combination of business and financial expertise, along with a personal passion for children's health that will be a great asset to our board," said Alan L. Goldbloom, M.D., president and CEO of Children's of Minnesota. "We look forward to his contributions around helping Children's grow as a leader in pediatric healthcare."
Wood said he was inspired to get involved after attending Children's annual gala and watching some children get on stage and tell about their experiences. He said it reminded him how many kids are fighting and staying positive as they tackle difficult illnesses, and it made him want to do whatever he could do to help.
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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