Riley Childrens Foundation
Hospital for Sick Children
The hospital for Sick Children was founded in London in 1852, making it the first hospital providing in-patient beds specifically for children in the English-speaking world.
When the Hospital for Sick Children at Great Ormond Street opened in February 1852, it did not immediately capture the attention of the public, on whose generosity its future would depend. Charles Dickens soon changed that. In April, he published an article, entitled ‘Drooping Buds’, in his magazine, Household Words. He described how one third of babies born in London each year died before their first birthday, and emphasised that the Hospital was the only institution dedicated to saving this appalling waste of life. He called to his readers for support, and their enthusiastic response helped to keep the Hospital open and expand the base of its supporters.
Today the hospital is known as Great Ormond street Hospital for Children. It is known internationally for receiving the rights from J.M. Barrie to his play Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. In the tradition of Dickens and Barrie, it is fitting that The Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres will give a portion of the proceeds of its holiday production of A Christmas Carol to Riley Children's Foundation for the benefit of Riley Children's Hospital, named for Indiana's own literary legend, James Whitcomb Riley.
Riley Children's Hospital
As one of the nation’s leading pediatric hospitals and Indiana’s first and only comprehensivehospital dedicated exclusively to the care of children, Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health has provided compassionate care, support and comfort to children and theirfamilies for 85 years. Each year, more than 215,000 inpatients and outpatients are served from across Indiana, the nation and the world. Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, and its strong affiliation with the Indiana University School of Medicine, makes it the only comprehensive clinical resource for Indiana’s children and the premiere source for health-related information for their parents.
Riley Children's Foundation supports Riley Hospital for Children, Camp Riley for Youth with Physical Disabilities and the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home. As Indiana's only comprehensive hospital dedicated exclusively to the care of children, Riley Hospital has provided compassionate care, support and comfort to children and their families since 1924. Each year children from 92 Indiana counties turn to Riley Hospital and its regional clinics throughout the state more than 250,000 times. Riley Hospital's partnership with Clarian Health and its strong affiliation with the Indiana University School of Medicine make Riley Hospital for Children the leader in pediatric care in the state and the region.