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Release: Dec. 5, 2002
Children's Hospital patients benefit from Kohl's gift
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
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.