Archive for June, 2008

Kids Wish Network Bring Sunny Smiles to Children in California

Posted in Press Releases on June 27th, 2008

Holiday, FL – There are some happy and smiling little faces across California today thanks to Kids Wish Network’s unique Holiday of Hope Gift Bank program. Kids Wish Network, a national charity dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children, was happy to be able to ship thousands of brand new toys and games with a retail value of over $120,000 to California Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles and Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach to be given to their young patients coming in for treatment.
Megatrux, a long time supporter and treasured ‘Guardian Angel’ of Kids Wish Network, was more than happy to make the special deliveries. Kids Wish Network and Megatrux enjoy an extraordinary partnership in their mutual commitment to bringing comfort and joy to kids all over the country!
“This is our first wish bank experience, and I must say, we are overwhelmed. Thank you so much!” said Debi Fingerhut, Senior Child Life Specialist at Miller Children’s Hospital.

As just one of the programs that makes Kids Wish Network different from similar organizations, its Holiday of Hope Gift Bank is a special program created to bring comfort to kids entering the hospital for medical care. The brand new toys and games, donated by some of America’s top toy manufacturers, are distributed to sick youngsters when they arrive to a children’s care facility. The Gift Banks help alleviate fears and anxieties by allowing children to temporarily forget about the stinging needles and uncomfortable procedures often endured while undergoing medical treatment. 

For more information on Kids Wish Network’s programs and upcoming events, please visit their website at www.kidswishnetwork.org. If you know of a hospital that could benefit from its Holiday of Hope Gift Bank program, please call 727- 937-3600 or toll free at 888-918-9004.

Written by   Robyn Larson

Kids Wish Network Delivers Smiles to Kids at Mercy Medical Center

Posted in Press Releases on June 20th, 2008

Des Moines, IA – Few things bring a smile to a sick child’s face faster than a brand new toy. There are a lot of smiles right now at Mercy Medical Center thanks to Kids Wish Network’s Holiday of Hope Gift Bank. This special program is an uplifting, gift-giving event that brings cheer to children admitted to the hospital for treatment. The organization is honored to be able to provide toys with a retail value of over $60,000 to the hospital through its unique Holiday of Hope Gift Bank. This special Gift Bank is being sponsored by Wal-Mart and American Equity Investment Life.

 

The toys were delivered to the children courtesy of Megatrux, a long time supporter of Kids Wish Network. The company has generously delivered thousands and thousands of toys to kids all over the country in support of Kids Wish Network’s many programs.
The toys will be distributed throughout the year to children coming in to Mercy Medical Center for medical treatment.
Lisa Fox, Child Life Specialist at Mercy Medical, said the hospital is thrilled with their toys. “The donation is every Child Life Specialists dream! We were amazed as we kept getting box after box delivered to our storage room. These donations really help out our program which runs on limited funds.  As our patients endure medical procedures, it’s fun to see their faces light up as they get to pick a prize out of the treasure box at the end of the procedure. Thanks so much for helping us brighten the days of hospitalized patients at Mercy Children’s Center in Des Moines, IA! We appreciate it!”

As just one of the programs that makes Kids Wish Network different from similar organizations, its Gift Bank is an uplifting, gift-giving program that brings cheer to children admitted to the hospital for treatment. The brand new toys and games, donated by some of America’s top toy manufacturers, are distributed to sick youngsters when they come to children’s care facilities for treatment. The Gift Banks help alleviate fears and anxieties by allowing youngsters to temporarily forget about the stinging needles and uncomfortable treatments often endured while undergoing medical care.

 

For more information on Kids Wish Network’s programs and upcoming events, please visit their website at www.kidswishnetwork.org. If you know of a hospital that could benefit from its Holiday of Hope Gift Bank program, please call 727- 937-3600 or toll free at 888-918-9004.

 

Mercy Medical Center is a tertiary hospital that includes 917 beds on three campuses. It also serves patients and families through its long-term care facilities, hospice, physician clinics, rehabilitation centers and other services. Mercy is affiliated with 16 other hospitals and long-term care facilities in central and southern Iowa. Mercy is a not-for-profit Catholic organization and is a member of Mercy Health Network and Catholic Health Initiatives.

 

Written by   Robyn Larson

Kids Wish Network Brings Early Holiday Cheer to Kids in Las Vegas

Posted in Press Releases on June 13th, 2008

Las Vegas, NV – Hundreds of pediatric patients in Las Vegas are receiving something very special to make their time at the hospital a little easier: brand new toys. University Medical Center is the proud recipient of Kids Wish Network’s unique Gift Bank program. Kids Wish Network, a national charity dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children, is thrilled to be able to provide toys with a retail value of over $60,000 to the hospital to be given to its young patients. This exciting event is being sponsored by UnitedHealthcare. The toys were delivered into the hands of the kids thanks to Megatrux, Inc.
Megatrux, Inc. is a longtime supporter of Kids Wish Network. This wonderful shipping company has delivered Gift Banks to countless hospitals all over the country and was eager to get on the road and head to Las Vegas.
The toys will be distributed to pediatric patients coming in throughout the year for treatment.
“It is a pleasure to be associated with an organization like Kids Wish Network,” said Cathy Coleman, Child Life Specialist at University Medical Center. “Through this program we can help put some much needed smiles back on our children’s faces.  We are so blessed to have this great program at University Medical Center."
UnitedHealthcare was also excited to be a part of helping the kids at University Medical. “We are extremely pleased to support the important work of the Kids Wish Network,” said Peter O’Neill, Regional Vice President for Public and Community Relations for UnitedHealthcare. “Bringing a little extra cheer and comfort to the children at UMN makes it all worth it.”
As just one of the programs that makes Kids Wish Network different from similar organizations, its Gift Bank is an uplifting, gift-giving program that brings cheer to children admitted to the hospital for treatment. The brand new toys, donated by some of America’s top toy manufacturers, are distributed to sick youngsters when they come to children’s care facilities for treatment. The Gift Banks help alleviate fears and anxieties by allowing youngsters to temporarily forget about the stinging needles and painful treatments often endured while undergoing medical care.
For more information on Kids Wish Network’s programs and upcoming events, please visit their website at www.kidswishnetwork.org. If you know of a hospital that could benefit from its Gift Bank program, please call 727- 937-3600 or toll free at 888-918-9004.

 

UMC is the only public, non-profit hospital in Clark County and operates the state’s only Level I Trauma Center and Lions Burn Care Center as well as several Care Centers. UMC is affiliated with the University of Nevada School of Medicine and serves as the state’s major clinical campus. Through its affiliation with the School of Medicine, residency programs in emergency medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, family practice, general surgery and pediatrics are offered at UMC. Since 1931, UMC has been providing comprehensive medical care to the community
Written by   Robyn Larson

Kids Wish Network Gives the Gift of Hope to Children in Nebraska

Posted in Press Releases on June 6th, 2008

Lincoln, NE – A visit to the hospital will be made a little easier for pediatric patients at St. Elizabeth’s thanks to Kids Wish Network, a national charity dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children. The organization is honored to be able to provide toys with a retail value of over $60,000 to the hospital through its unique Holiday of Hope Gift Bank. This special Gift Bank is being sponsored by Union Bank.
Megatrux, Inc., a longtime supporter and treasured “Guardian Angel” of Kids Wish Network, delivered the toys to the hospital. The magnanimous shipping company has delivered Gift Banks to countless hospitals all over the country and was more than happy to once again be a part of bringing joy to kids in Nebraska.  

 

“Union Bank is committed to supporting our local community and through the Kids Wish Network we are supporting the children of our community.  Our community is fortunate to have the Kids Wish Network assist the needs of children who are going through a difficult period in their lives," said Tammy Gebers, with  Union Bank.

 

Lori Palensky, Resource Development Coordinator for St. Elizabeth’s, was thrilled with the toys and the impact they are having on their patients. “KWN has added so much to the many areas of Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center. It is pleasure to bring happiness and joy to children who are ill and going through some very difficult times. Thank you Kids Wish Network…you are often the best part of many children’s day!”
As just one of the programs that makes Kids Wish Network different from similar organizations, its Gift Bank is an uplifting, gift-giving program that brings cheer to children admitted to the hospital for treatment. The brand new toys and games, donated by some of America’s top toy manufacturers, are distributed to sick youngsters when they come to children’s care facilities for treatment. The Gift Banks help alleviate fears and anxieties by allowing youngsters to temporarily forget about the stinging needles and uncomfortable treatments often endured while undergoing medical care.
For more information on Kids Wish Network’s programs and upcoming events, please visit their website at www.kidswishnetwork.org. If you know of a hospital that could benefit from its Holiday of Hope Gift Bank program, please call 727- 937-3600 or toll free at 888-918-9004.
Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center offers innovative designs and technological advancements as they continue to take healthcare to a higher level. Three times in the last four years they have been named a 100 Top Hospital® by Solucient and earned prestigious Magnet status, the highest award in nursing. They are an acute care medical center that now proudly offers 257 all-private patient rooms, plus approximately 50 outpatient beds Their Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) is among a limited number of US hospitals with all-private rooms and on-site neonatologists.  There are 14 state-of-the-art operating rooms, a Family Birth Center which is the "first home" to more than 3,000 newborns every year. They also offer an exceptional Heart Center including a nationally certified Chest Pain Center and a cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation program, also nationally certified.
They offer innovative and wholistic care through association with more than 500 physicians, 92% of whom are board certified, as well as a physician network of convenient family and specialty care clinics, stand-alone urgent care centers; and physical therapy clinics, home care and hospice services—all located in Lincoln, NE and surrounding communities. They are widely recognized for excellence in the treatment areas of newborn and pediatric care, women’s health, cardiology, emergency medicine, orthopaedics, neuroscience, oncology, radiation therapy, rehabilitation and burn and wound care and is leading the way in prevention and wellness while also embracing traditions rich in spirituality, deeply rooted in their Catholic heritage. They are also one of around 70 medical centers in the country affiliated with Catholic Health Initiatives.
Written by   Robyn Larson