DCH’s mission is “The relentless pursuit of optimal health for every child within our reach.” Their goal is to remain an independent and freestanding children’s hospital, local-governed to advance the health of our region’s children. They want to significantly improve patient and family experiences across all areas.
Dayton Children’s Hospital needs community support. The COVID-19 crisis is affecting their revenue. The weekly average of kids needing care is down this year. The cause is social distancing. Kids are not around each other and are not participating in sports. Less disease is being spread and fewer injuries are occurring. This causes stress on the finances of the hospital. They are not hoping for more injuries or infections, but it is an indicator of the financial health of the region. The DCH losses so far are $25 million.
Donations from CNO have helped fund the patient tower at DCH that opened on June 5, 2017. It has State of the Art technologies and conveniences. In the Dayton area there are 50 new patients each year with childhood cancer. Pediatric cancer is truly bad luck. It is not because of lifestyle, exercise levels or diet which are the causes of a lot of cancers in adults. Pediatric cancers can be cured about 85% of the time. About 42% of adults with cancer are cured. Treatment for pediatric cancer is the same across the U.S. through a nationwide network of doctors and protocols.
One in three kids has a major mental health problem at some point in their childhood. We need to do more earlier for mental health to help raise kids into adults that are caring and moral. Over the past 25 years there has been a 33% increase in issues caused by the need for perfection as a child. This shows up as anxiety, depression, or suicide attempts. There has been an additional noticeable rise in issues related to social media. Children’s hospital now will have 3 psychologists and 13 psychiatrists to help kids. In a year Children’s will open up a new 24 bed crisis center.
Phather Phil’s Prayer This week – instead of leading our prayer – Phather Phil is in need of our prayers… Phather Phil had a biopsy on his bladder Monday and is home resting. We hope to see him soon with prayers for better days. Bob Burkman read the prayer from the Phather Phil Prayer Book …