We send warmest thanks to Pam Weis and Donald and Marilyn Morrow for their donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.
St. Jude Overview
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, located in Memphis, Tennessee, is one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers. Its mission is to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.
Research efforts are directed at understanding the molecular, genetic and chemical bases of catastrophic diseases in children; identifying cures for such diseases; and promoting their prevention. Research is focused specifically on cancers, some acquired and inherited immuno-deficiencies, sickle cell disease, infectious diseases and genetic disorders.
Operations are overseen by the Boards of Directors and Governors. The research activities are reviewed annually by the Scientific Advisory Board, composed of internationally prominent physicians and scientists.
The hospital’s daily operating costs are $1.8 million, which are primarily covered by public contributions. St. Jude has more than 3,600 employees.
St. Jude currently has six affiliate hospitals: the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate in Peoria, Illinois.; LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana; Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; the St. Jude Tri-Cities Affiliate in Johnson City, Tennessee.; Huntsville Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Huntsville, Alabama; and St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Missouri.
The mission of the International Outreach Program at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to improve the survival rate of children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases worldwide, through the sharing of knowledge, technology and organizational skills. There are currently 20 official partner sites in 15 different countries around the world. International Outreach helps partner medical institutions develop tailored evidenced-based protocols for treating children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude physicians serve as mentors to physicians at our partner sites and consult on difficult cases. We train nurses in best practices in clinical care and work with pathologists on techniques for accurate diagnosis. We also partner with local fundraising foundations that support the medical programs. This model has proven to be highly effective in providing children in developing countries access to modern treatment and care.
St. Jude continues to define the forefront of clinical care and research by aligning with two Southern California institutions: Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego; and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).
The unique alliance is designed to benefit both patient care and research efforts. It will enable St. Jude, Rady Children’s and UCSD to combine their resources and expertise to pursue clinical trials and basic and translational research.
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