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Senator Kit Bond receives honor from Cardinal Glennon for children’s advocacy

September 17, 2012

Thompson Coburn partner and former U.S. Senator Kit Bond today received the Crystal Wagon Award from SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center.

At a ceremony at the hospital, and joined by leaders of SSM Health Care, Bond received Cardinal Glennon’s highest honor for his strong support of children over the course of his career.

Bond has been a driving force behind many initiatives to improve children’s health outcomes in Missouri and nationwide. As governor, Bond convened the state’s first-ever Governor’s Conference on Children and Youth, bringing together professionals and volunteers to develop a comprehensive initiative to serve as the foundation of state policy for children. He also established a statewide Parents as Teachers program, a critical early childhood education initiative that is now in all 50 states and several foreign countries.

While in the U.S. Senate, Bond continued his advocacy for kids, working across the aisle on a number of critical children’s health issues, including the Family Medical Leave Act, birth defects prevention legislation, the establishment and funding of the Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education Program, the achievement of Medicare funding for pediatric resident training, the creation and funding of a lead-abatement initiative, and the nationwide funding of poison control centers.

Bond has also been a long-time champion for SSM Cardinal Glennon and the tremendous work they do on behalf of the region’s children.  In 2011, Bond secured $1 million in federal funds to help SSM Cardinal Glennon open the region’s only pediatric hybrid cardiac catheterization suite. This hybrid suite allows doctors to find and fix a child’s heart problem in one procedure, resulting in safer care and a faster recovery time for children.  Following today’s award ceremony, Senator Bond toured the new facility to see their state-of-the-art work in progress.