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Children's Mercy names campus after long-time supporter, Adele Hall

Children's Mercy announced today that it has renamed its main campus after enthusiastic supporter and friend of the hospital, Adele Hall.

The campus at Hospital Hill, 2401 Gillham, will now be formally known as Children's Mercy, Adele Hall Campus. Adele, who passed away on Jan. 26, 2013, was Children's Mercy's biggest champion for 50 years, serving in many capacities, including board chairman, trustee and volunteer.

"This naming is in recognition that Adele Hall was integral, in so many ways, to what Children's Mercy has become," said Randall L. O'Donnell, PhD, President and CEO. "She could bring people from all corners of the community to the table to be involved in supporting the hospital. The strongest element that Adele represented to us can be summed up in one word: Love. She loved Children's Mercy, she loved kids, she loved family and she loved this community."

Adele's enthusiasm for Children's Mercy was contagious, as she recruited new generations to get involved with the hospital, including her own daughter, Margi, who served as Chairman of the Board. Throughout the generations, Adele was always present, quietly putting the children first and supporting the hospital.

"We think this is a wonderful way to honor Adele, and it will always remind me of the joy she gained from rocking babies here. After her own family, Children's Mercy and this community were her top priorities," said Don Hall, Adele's husband and Chairman of the Board, Hallmark Cards.

"Adele was a true champion of Children's Mercy, our greatest supporter and friend," Dr. O'Donnell said. "Naming our Hospital Hill campus for her is a fitting tribute and a heartfelt expression of our gratitude."

About Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, 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.