Question: What is the mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital?
Dr. Ronald Sollitto: St. Jude’s mission is to perform research and treatment that develops cures and treatments for catastrophic childhood diseases. Types of diseases studied include leukemia, lymphoma, and HIV and AIDS, among others. Treatment is provided regardless of the family’s ability to pay.
Q: What types of research are performed by the organization?
RS: St. Jude engages in a wide range of research activities, including laboratory studies, clinical trials for new medications, and the development of innovative treatment regimens.
Q: About how many patients does St. Jude treat?
RS: Roughly 260 patients are treated on a daily basis, and the facility consists of 78 beds. About 7,800 patients from all 50 states are treated each year.
Q: How can others help to further the cause of St. Jude?
RS: St. Jude relies heavily on public funding to cover its operating costs, which add up to about $1.7 million per day. Financial donations are greatly appreciated.
About: Dr. Ronald J. Sollitto, Chief Executive Officer of Saddle Brook Surgicenter, Inc. in New Jersey, possesses a Master of Public Health from Columbia University.