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Children's Orthopedic Hospital is founded in Seattle on January 4, 1907.
On January 4, 1907, Anna Herr Clise (1866-1936) and 23 of her affluent Seattle women friends come together to found the Children's Orthopedic Hospital Association. They do so to address a health care crisis -- namely the lack of a facility to treat crippled and malnourished children. Each of the women contributes $20 to launch the hospital, which is incorporated on January 7. The Seattle Children's Hospital will become a major regional medical center.
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Children's Orthopedic Hospital Association opens Fresh Air House on June 1, 1908.
On June 1, 1908, the Children's Orthopedic Hospital Association opens Fresh Air House on property purchased on Queen Anne Hill. Sometimes called Fresh Air Cottage, the frame structure houses convalescing patients who have been operated on at Seattle General Hospital. There is room for 12 patients and a matron. In 1911, a three-story hospital will open next to the cottage.
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Children's Orthopedic Hospital opens on September 8, 1911.
On September 8, 1911, Children's Orthopedic Hospital opens in a brick, three-story building on Warren Avenue near Crockett Street on Queen Anne Hill. The structure is built with funds raised by the trustees of the Children's Orthopedic Hospital Association and has 29 beds. The trustees will eventually add another floor (1921), a new wing (1928), and a three-story nurses' residence (1924). In 1954, the hospital will move to Laurelhurst where it will eventually become Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center.
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Dr. John LeCocq knocks out heavyweight champ Jack Dempsey at Children's Orthopedic Hospital in 1932.
In 1932, Pediatrician Dr. John LeCocq (1897-1966) knocks out heavyweight boxing champion Jack Dempsey (1895-1983) at Children's Orthopedic Hospital without laying a glove on the fighter.
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War Department asks Children's Orthopedic Hospital Guilds to assist secret movement of Hawaii evacuees on March 29, 1942.
On March 29, 1942, the War Department asks the Children's Orthopedic Hospital Guilds for help in the secret movement of civilian evacuees from Hawaii. The Government needs to provide food and lodging for several thousand people and relies upon the Hospital's extensive and well-organized system of neighborhood guilds.
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Children's Orthopedic Hospital moves from Queen Anne to Laurelhurst in an elaborate, all-volunteer operation on April 11, 1953.
On Saturday, April 11, 1953, Children's Orthopedic Hospital moves from Queen Anne Hill to a brand new facility in Laurelhurst in an elaborate all-volunteer operation dubbed "Operation Orthopedic." Taxicabs and ambulances move patients while Teamsters and moving vans transport supplies and equipment. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts equipped with signs are stationed along the five-mile route to guide drivers.
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Children's Orthopedic Hospital opens the Northwest's first Poison Control Center on January 1, 1956.
On January 1, 1956, Children's Orthopedic Hospital opens a Poison Control Center to advise physicians how to treat accidental poisoning cases. It is the first such center in the Northwest. By 1984, the center will be receiving more than 60,000 calls a year from parents and from people who have accidentally ingested poisons. The center will become the Washington Poison Center in 1995.
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Food contamination by E. coli bacteria kills three children in Western Washington in January and February 1993.
In January and February 1993, food contamination by E. coli bacteria kills three children in Western Washington. More than 450 persons fall ill after consuming undercooked hamburger or being exposed to infected persons. The source of the contamination will be traced to Jack in the Box Restaurants and to its meat supplier, Von's in California.
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