Frontline Conversations: Kathy Chavanu Gorman ('16)

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Meeting critical needs to keep our children and families safe

Join our Frontline Conversation with Kathleen Chavanu Gorman (’16), M.S.N., R.N., F.A.A.N., the Executive Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Operating Officer at Children's National Hospital, for direct insight on the constantly-shifting realities of our local healthcare system pushed to the limit.  

Children’s National Hospital is one of the top children’s facilities in the country. In response to COVID-19, their team is working around the clock to keep families and caregivers in our region safe in this time of exponentially increased strain on resources. 

The challenges and obstacles they face today are great. Children and mothers are at heightened vulnerability to COVID-19. As large clusters of high-risk patients come to the hospital for care, and asymptomatic carriers increase the risk to others, Children’s National has had to drastically adjust their model.

Shifting their operations to create optimally safe conditions was a feat of imagination and bold leadership. But as the toll of the virus continues, their resources are under pressure. To date, more than 40 children have been hospitalized there with COVID-19, many of those in intensive care.   

Children’s National Hospital has deployed an Emergency Action Fund to help meet critical needs to keep our community safe. The philanthropic response is vital for community health, especially in our urban core where rates of infection are highest. 

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