Capital Area Credit Unions pledges $3M to improve children’s health

Children’s National Hospital dedicates emergency department waiting area to recognize local credit unions’ longstanding philanthropic partnership

WASHINGTON, D.C (November 7, 2019)

Children’s National Hospital today dedicated its Emergency Department waiting area as the Capital Area Credit Unions for Kids Waiting Area. The naming recognizes the credit unions’ more than 20 years of philanthropic support for the hospital and its commitment to raise another $3 million. This support helps ensure that children in the region can receive world-class care regardless of illness, injury or ability to pay.

“We are grateful for the steadfast partnership of Capital Area Credit Unions,” said DeAnn Marshall, president of the Children’s National Hospital Foundation. “Their generous commitment helps to ensure stronger futures for children living in the Washington region and beyond.”

Local area credit union employees and members have raised more than $5 million to date for Children’s National through the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run & 5K Run-Walk, golf tournaments and other events.

“As credit unions, we are known for our collaborative spirit and our commitment to the communities we serve,” said John Bratsakis, president and CEO, MD|DC Credit Union Association. “Working with Children’s National Hospital, the contributions made by credit unions and our business partners help connect young patients and their families with the best medical care and support when they need it.”

Next year, Children’s National will celebrate 150 years of caring for children. The hospital opened in downtown Washington, D.C., with 12 beds to care for Civil War orphans. Today, it is one of the country’s top-six pediatric hospitals and treats patients from around the world. Last year, its Emergency Department had nearly 120,000 visits.

D.C., Maryland and Virginia credit unions support Children’s National under the national brand, Credit Unions for Kids, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals partner. Since the partnership began in 1996, credit unions nationwide have raised more than $185 million for pediatric health.

About Children’s National Hospital

Children’s National Hospital, based in Washington, D.C., has served the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is the nation’s No. 6 pediatric hospital and, for the third straight year, is ranked No. 1 in newborn care, as well as ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. It has been designated two times as a Magnet® hospital, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. Children’s National offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C. Metropolitan area, including the Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is the seventh-highest NIH-funded children’s hospital in the nation.Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels. For more information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Credit Unions for Kids 

Credit Unions for Kids is a nonprofit collaboration of credit unions, chapters, leagues/associations and business partners from across the country, engaged in fundraising activities to benefit 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Credit unions are the 5th  largest sponsor of CMN Hospitals. Since 1996, Credit Unions for Kids has raised over $185 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. One hundred percent of every dollar donated by members of the credit union movement goes back to the CMN Hospital which serves your community, your members. For more information, visit


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Children’s Hospital Foundation
Children’s National Health System
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