Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt President Among Experts To Testify Before Congress on Impact of COVID-19 in Children

With more than 225,000 children infected with COVID-19 nationwide, pediatric experts representing the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Children's Hospital Association will testify at "Putting Kids First: Addressing COVID-19's Impacts On Children" this week.

Meg Rush, MD, MMHC, president of Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, along with Lee Savio Beers, MD, president of the AAP, will present national and regional data as well as well reports from the frontlines of pediatric medical teams caring for children throughout the pandemic.

"I look forward to being able to share with the subcommittee the perspective of children's hospitals and the role we've played in support of children and families throughout the pandemic," said Rush. "The children's hospital community prides itself on taking care of kids, for everything from routine illness and injury to more complex cases. With the emergence of the Delta variant, we've experienced a steep increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations among children on top of an early surge of RSV, a serious respiratory illness we usually see in the winter months. Combined with the ongoing and high demand for acute mental health services, our capacity is strained, and we are very concerned about meeting children's health care needs now and in the future."

What: A hearing conducted by the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce in the John D. Dingell Room, 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.

When: Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, at 9:30 a.m. CST

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