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10th Lion’s Den Opens at CHOP in Philly

The Companions in Courage Foundation marked a milestone earlier this year when they opened their 10th Lion’s Den room at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Founded in 1855, CHOP was the first-ever pediatric hospital in the country and today is recognized as one of the premier children’s hospitals in the world. 

Funding for the room was provided by the Asplundh Foundation, a charitable organization formed to support healthcare organizations in the greater Philadelphia area. Ongoing contributions from Microsoft, Cisco Systems and DuPont rounded out the donation.

The room is located on the 5th floor of the hospital and is accessible by many children in the 431-bed facility.

Pat LaFontaine welcomed members of the Asplundh family to the ribbon-cutting as well as staff and patients from the renowned hospital.

Madeline Bell, EVP and COO of the hospital and Michele Lloyd, SVP of Family Services welcomed Brent, Kelly and Caroline Asplundh to the special room they provided the children of CHOP. Hospital patients immediately began utilizing the room's four XBox 360 stations, three PC's with a printer and large flat panel TV.
LaFontaine acknowledged former Philadelphia Flyers great Brian Propp; DuPont's Tom Schuler, Doug Baker, Nicole Murphy and John Hannon; Microsoft's Colleen Malone; Cisco Systems Mark Leff and CiC Foundation board members Roger Simon and Jerry Wood.

In addition, LaFontaine chatted with Cisco executives Rich Goldberg and Julie Hens from their San Jose headquarters via a WebEx session on the Lion’s Den’s large screen TV.

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is ranked the #1 pediatric hospital by Parents magazine and is one of only eight on the prestigious U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll for 2010.

Their physicians, nurses, researchers and other professionals are recognized regionally and nationally for their expertise. CHOP’s exceptional patient care and major research initiatives benefit children worldwide.



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