Kentucky Children's Hospital Celebrates Wal-Mart Philanthropy
Media Contact: Mary Margaret Colliver, 859-361-1887
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 3, 2009) Kentucky Children's Hospital recently celebrated and recognized the philanthropy of Wal-Mart Stores and Sam's Club stores in the Central, Eastern and Southeastern regions of Kentucky. Wal-Mart representatives presented a check for $200,470.91 from funds raised in 2008.
"Kentucky Children's Hospital provides compassionate care to children and their families and encourages healthy lifestyles through successful community outreach programs," said Jason Wetzel, senior manager of public affairs, Wal-Mart. "Through our partnership, our customers and associates go above and beyond to help children in the communities where they live and work."
Wal-Mart is a corporate partner of the Kentucky Children's Hospital. Since 1987, Wal-Mart has been a corporate sponsor of Children's Miracle Network (CMN) and has raised more than $400 million for the 170 CMN hospitals in North America and Canada. Every dollar raised by each store and club is given to CMN hospitals. Kentucky Children's Hospital has been affiliated with CMN since 1987.
"Wal-Mart's support is a tremendous example of what can be done when Kentuckians reach out to help one another," said Dr. Michael Karpf, UK executive vice president for health affairs. "We are extremely appreciative of Wal-Mart, its associates, and customers for their efforts to ensure Kentucky children receive the most technologically advanced of care, close to home."
Shoppers at Kentucky Wal-Mart stores can buy virtual CMN balloons at the register and also participate in other fundraisers to benefit Kentucky Children's Hospital throughout the year. Proceeds help fund state-of-the-art care, cutting-edge research and education. Each year, many Kentucky Children's Hospital patients who have survived life-threatening illnesses, injuries and birth defects are recognized as "champions" and help celebrate the support and generosity of Wal-Mart.
"The generous gift from Wal-Mart as well as their support over the years clearly illustrates how important private support is to Kentucky Children's Hospital," said Dr. Tim Bricker, professor and chair, department of pediatrics, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and physician-in-chief of Kentucky Children's Hospital. "Providing the highest standard of treatment for every child that comes though our doors is our mission. It is what we're here to do, serve the children of the Commonwealth."
"Kentucky Children's Hospital and its supporters such as Wal-Mart are leading the effort to create a legacy of good health for the children of our Commonwealth," said James L. Elliott, chairman, Kentucky Children's Hospital Executive Development Council. "By increasing staff and resources for services such as cardiovascular surgery and adolescent health, the hospital is making great strides in its ability to serve children needing care. The members of the council are proud to have Wal-Mart as a contributor to that effort."
About Kentucky Children's Hospital
Kentucky Children's Hospital was established in 1997, but has been taking care of children since 1960. It was renamed in 2005 to more clearly define its role as the hospital for all children of Kentucky. The facility, a hospital within UK Chandler Hospital, houses an inpatient center; a Level III neonatal intensive care unit to take care of the sickest infants; a state-of-the-art pediatric intensive care unit; and a 23-hour admissions/observation center. The building also features children's play and activity rooms, expanded family consultation rooms, a family resource center, waiting rooms, conference rooms, and a pediatric staff library. The new Makenna David Pediatric Emergency Center was established last year. For more information about Kentucky Children's Hospital, call 859-257-1121.
About Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Every week, millions of customers visit Wal-Mart stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and Sam's Club locations across America or log on to its online store at www.walmart.com. The company and its foundation are committed to a philosophy of giving back locally. Through its philanthropic programs and partnerships, the Wal-Mart Foundation funds initiatives focused on creating opportunities in education, workforce development, economic opportunity, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness. From February 1, 2008, through January 31, 2009, Wal-Mart, and its domestic and international foundations, gave more than $423 million in cash and in-kind gifts globally. For more information about Wal-Mart, go to www.walmartstores.com.