Hospital of Michigan, as part of its commitment to education, both
through teaching and learning, and through its affiliation with Wayne
State University, is actively involved in ongoing clinical and
We are the only hospital in the United
States to acquire a Positron Emission Tomography (P.E.T.) scanner
dedicated to pediatric diagnosis and research.
faculty members are active researchers, publishing more than 200
journal articles, abstracts, chapters and textbooks each year.
Ongoing research keeps us at the
forefront of new medical breakthroughs. Researchers at Children’s
are currently conducting investigations in many areas, including bone
marrow transplantation, AIDS, red cell membrane abnormalities,
extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, the establishment of artificial
liver, efficient delivery of care, congenital heart disease, central
nervous system disease in newborns, aspects of normal growth and
development, CNS metabolism, clotting disorders, endocrine disorders,
fetal alcohol syndrome, persistent fetal circulation, cancer
treatment, clinical pharmacology and fetal surgery.
keeping with our commitment to education, we encourage our residents
to work on a basic or clinical research project during their training.
We have many research labs located in Children’s Hospital and at the
Elliman Research Building, Scott Hall and the Lande Research Building,
all part of The Detroit Medical Center campus and Wayne State
University. We are now actively engaged in a fundraising campaign to
create a pediatric research center.
Studies at Children’s are supported
by many private and public agencies such as the National Institutes of
Health, Center for Disease Control, Tuberculosis Foundation, United
Way, Michigan Department of Community Health, Children’s Leukemia
Foundation, March of Dimes and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and various
industries. The department of pediatrics receives millions of dollars
in research support each year.
Fund Raising and Special Events
Community support is critical to
Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Groups such as Festival of Trees,
Children’s Hospital of Michigan Auxiliary, Leukemia Research Life,
Caring Athletes for Children’s and Henry Ford Hospitals (CATCH),
Tennis & Crumpets and Variety, The Children’s Charity, involve
local celebrities and thousands of volunteers who raise money annually
and support our hospital’s mission.
The Development Department works
closely with our physicians, nurses, trustees, administrators and
staff to encourage potential donors to encourage their support. We
receive generous contributions from corporations, foundations,
individuals and community organizations on a regular basis.
Hospital and University Libraries
and Information Technology
Our medical library, located on the
main level of the hospital, is open to residents around the clock,
every day. We have more than 10,000 volumes, with more than 700
volumes added yearly, subscribe to more than 300 periodicals and have
interactive self-instructional programs and audiovisual programs.
A number of computer networks give our
staff access to libraries across the country. In addition, databases
of medical information can be accessed by physicians or library staff
to locate the most current information. One of these networks is
connected by in-house computer to the patient care units and
physicians can use it to order literature for use with patient charts,
to locate disease or drug information, and to access current medical
information. Evening and weekend dial-in access to MEDLINE from home
also is available. The Vera Parshall Shiffman Medical Library of Wayne
State University serves the School of Medicine and is just down the
street from Children’s Hospital. The Shiffman Medical Library
contains 94,000 books, 60 state-of-the-art computers, 235,000 bound
volumes and carries subscriptions to more than 3,000 journals. Both
libraries have quiet study areas.