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The purpose of this paper is to describe how knowledge translation (KT) infrastructure has changed within a pediatric rehabilitation hospital to accelerate research uptake to improve clinical outcomes. To do this, Kingsnoth et al. (2020) developed steps to incorporate best practice KT principles with stakeholder needs in mind. These steps include 1) recognizing health organizational enablers and system drivers; 2) establishing organizational structures and processes; 3) building and operationalizing a strategic vision through activities and demonstration projects; and 4) evaluating impact. Using these steps in a formal model on two large-scale projects, Kingsnoth et al. (2020) found that investing in knowledge translation resources and processes leads to improved healthcare quality. Some key infrastructure elements included a strong leadership commitment, ongoing direction, a dedicated expert team, alignment with strategic priorities, and an organization of infrastructure that links research clinical care and education.