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Release: Dec. 5, 2002

Children's Hospital patients benefit from Kohl's gift

Representatives of Kohl's Department Stores today presented the Children's Hospital of Iowa at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics with a $92,346 gift to benefit patients who use the hospital's pediatric classroom. The donation was made possible by the Kohl's Cares for Kids program, launched by Kohl's more than two years ago.

The Children's Hospital of Iowa recently expanded the classroom, where admitted pediatric patients and long-term pediatric outpatients keep up with their schoolwork with the help of a full-time certified teacher and more than 200 volunteers throughout the year. The classroom features upgraded equipment, including new computers, laptops, software, furnishings and artwork.

"We are extremely pleased with the impact Kohl's is making at Children's Hospital of Iowa," said Susan Henderson, Kohl's vice president of public relations. "The kids are the ultimate winners here, and we are delighted so many children will benefit from the new pediatric classroom. We are grateful for the generosity of the community, and with its continued support, we can make this an ongoing commitment to the children."

The children's hospital program is one of several facets of the Kohl's Cares for Kids program. In addition to raising funds for children's hospitals, the Kohl's Cares for Kids program features fundraising gift cards for local schools and nonprofit youth groups, a scholarship program to recognize kids who contribute in special ways to their local communities, and an employee volunteer program to encourage volunteerism that benefits local nonprofit organizations.

"We are very grateful to Kohl's for this generous gift," said Donna Katen-Bahensky, director and chief executive officer of UI Hospitals and Clinics. "As a direct result of their commitment to children, the young people who are cared for in the Children's Hospital of Iowa will benefit by remaining more connected with their classmates and teachers."

"At the Children's Hospital of Iowa, we are very focused on providing family-centered care, which means meeting all of the needs of our young patients and their families," said Frank Morriss, M.D., head of the UI department of pediatrics and medical director of Children's Hospital of Iowa.

"This is one more means by which we continue to help make the hospital seem more like a home away from home."

Approximately 100 children a year, from kindergarten through 12th grade who are admitted to the Children's Hospital of Iowa, receive educational services while they are hospitalized.

"We sometimes have children who stay with us for weeks and even months, as well as many who return frequently for ongoing care," said Susan Benton, the hospital teacher in the Children's Hospital of Iowa. "I would like to thank Kohl's on behalf of our student/patients and their parents for this wonderful gift."

Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl's is a family-focused, value-oriented, specialty department store offering moderately priced national brand apparel, shoes, accessories and home products. Kohl's operates 457 stores in 33 states.

The Children's Hospital of Iowa is the state's longest-serving children's hospital. The Children's Hospital of Iowa serves more than 100,000 patients a year, providing the full spectrum of care, ranging from primary care needs to the most advanced specialized services.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.