HOUSTON (January 16, 2009)

Marissa babyA Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital photograph by Jim LaCombe was selected by the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) for "Champions," its 2009 traveling exhibition of 50 photographs. The photo was chosen from nearly 250 photographs submitted to NACHRI by children's hospitals across the country.

"The photograph depicting little Marissa, whose strength helped her battle twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, RSV, pneumonia and 34 days on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) stood out for its composition, quality, fit with the exhibit theme and the story it tells," said Sallie Strang, director of communications for NACHRI and curator of the photo exhibit.

"The NACHRI traveling photo exhibition is designed to illustrate the vital role children's hospitals play in children's lives through compelling visual images of child patients at children's hospitals, their family members and the caring and compassionate staff," continued Strang. "Collectively the exhibit demonstrates why all children need children's hospitals. This year's exhibit will travel across the country to include Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, where members of Congress will be invited to experience it."

The NACHRI traveling photo exhibition is the result of a biennial competition that began in 1993 with 150 photo submissions. Over the years the competition to be selected for the traveling exhibit has grown significantly. The photo exhibit will debut in Nashville, Tennessee at the Renaissance Nashville and Nashville Convention Center, March 22-25, 2009.