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Children's Mercy honors Dr. Gary Wasserman for more than $250,000 donation

Children's Mercy honored Gary Wasserman, DO, for the generous contributions he has made to the hospital.

Not only did he provide service to patients and families at Children's Mercy for more than 40 years, he has given or pledged gifts totaling over $250,000 to the hospital.

He is honored for his personal philanthropy and support of the hospital by dedicating the Children's Mercy Adele Hall Campus Emergency Department waiting room as the Gary "Doc Wass" Wasserman Waiting Room.

"I spent many nights and weekends in the Emergency Department as a physician caring for children and their families, and for it to be a permanent place of remembrance is really special," said Dr. Wasserman. "Words cannot express my feelings of happiness about being here and receiving this honor."

Dr. Wasserman retired from Children's Mercy earlier this year. He graduated from Albright College in 1967 and from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in 1971. Dr. Wasserman was the first osteopathic physician to be board certified in medical toxicology and remained the only osteopathic physician with that certification for 25 years. He is triple board certified in Pediatrics, Pediatrics Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology.

Dr. Wasserman began working as an intern at Children's Mercy right after graduation. He was a pediatric emergency room physician for 20 years before becoming the Chief of Medical Toxicology at Children's Mercy. Dr. Wasserman was medical director of the Children's Mercy Hospital Poison Control Center for more than 20 years and served as associate director of the University of Kansas Hospital Poison Control Center.

About Children's Mercy
Children's Mercy, located in Kansas City, Mo., is one of the nation's top pediatric medical centers. The 354-bed hospital provides care for children from birth through the age of 21, and has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of "America's Best Children's Hospitals." For the third time in a row, Children's Mercy has achieved Magnet nursing designation, awarded to fewer than seven percent of all hospitals nationally, for excellence in quality care. Its faculty of 600 pediatricians and researchers across more than 40 subspecialties are actively involved in clinical care, pediatric research, and educating the next generation of pediatric subspecialists.