St. Jude Children's Research Hospital studies and treats catastrophic diseases in children, especially pediatric cancers. The hospital, which only has about 80 beds, annually treats more than 5,900 children, most of whom are treated on an outpatient basis as part of its research efforts into finding cures and more effective treatments. The hospital not only helps children with their health, it also helps their parents: It pays all expenses that not covered by insurance and doesn't require payment from patients without insurance. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital was founded in 1962.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is located in Memphis, Tennessee. The facility has affiliations with six other US hospitals in Alabama, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, and Tennessee. It shares its research findings with scientific and medical organizations worldwide.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has a 2.5-million-sq.-ft. campus for its research, clinical, and administrative operations. It is the only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute.
While it is best known for its research in pediatric cancers, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital also treats children with genetic immune defects and pediatric AIDS and it has one of the largest pediatric sickle cell programs in the US.
As part of the organization's education mission, it provides about 350 postdoctoral fellowships to those doctors who seek to specialize in pediatric medicine. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is affiliated with the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center at Memphis. Along with offering fellowships, it serves as the training site for medical students and residents learning a variety of disciplines.
The hospital's revenues increased 20% to $1.26 billion in fiscal 2011 compared to the $1.05 billion it claimed in fiscal 2010. Public contributions cover most of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital operating costs of $1.8 million a day.
Throughout the year, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital coordinates events to raise funds and awareness - from golf tournaments and triathlons to radiothons and telethons. Corporate supporters include Kmart, which raised almost $7 million for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through its annual Thanks and Giving® campaign in 2010.
Entertainer Danny Thomas founded St. Jude in 1962; Thomas also founded the fundraising organization for the hospital, the American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities (ALSAC). – less