South Florida Family to Visit Washington to Share Importance of Children's Hospital's with Congress

Published on: 06/18/2007
WHO: Samantha Grandal, a 12-year old and her family will be visiting Washington to meet with members of theFlorida delegation on June 19 and 20, to advocate on behalf of Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH) and other children’s hospital’s across the country.
Samantha first came to MCH in 2006 with asthma-like symptoms. Diagnostic tests revealed that the little girl had a fist-sized tumor around her trachea and spinal cord. She underwent chemotherapy and spent 22 days in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Now, a year later, Samantha is a talkative, healthy girl who loves to swim.
WHEN: Samantha and family fly out to Washington on June 19.
Please make appointment with contact for interviews.
WHAT: Samantha is one of over forty patients participating in the National Association of Children’s Hospital’s (N.A.C.H.) third annual Family Advocacy Day that brings together child patients and Members of Congress. These families will spend two days in Washington, touring the nation’s capital and meeting with Congressional leaders to tell their story and advocate for continued support of the children’s health system and Medicaid funding.
MCH Contacts:
Shira Kastan, (305) 498-1265
Cynthia Gutierrez, (305) 668-5514
NACH Contact:
Meghan McCabe (202) 423-6299
Founded in 1950, Miami Children's Hospital is the only licensed specialty hospital for children in South Florida. Ranked by Child magazine among the best children’s hospitals in the nation, Miami Children's Hospital offers medical care and services for children from birth to age 21. The 275-bed medical facility has expertise in all aspects of pediatric medicine.
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Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with approximately 850 attending physicians, including more than 500 pediatric subspecialists. The 307-bed hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with many specialty programs routinely ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report since 2008. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and since 2003 has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor. For more information, please visit

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