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