Publix Super Markets customers and associates in Chattanooga and Cleveland heeded the call to “put their money where the miracles are” by showing immense support and raising money on behalf of sick and injured children treated at T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital at Erlanger.
This summer’s fundraiser brought in $9,462 for Children’s Hospital at Erlanger and resulted in a campaign life record of more than $3.2 million for 21 regional hospitals to help fund life-saving equipment, programs and research. This year’s total resulted in more than $30 million raised nation-wide since Publix and Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals partnered.
This year marks the 23rd year Publix associates and customers have encouraged the purchase of “Miracle Balloons” to help CMN hospitals and the 7th year in support of Children’s Hospital at Erlanger.
“We know Publix customers value superior quality. And, that’s exactly what they provide when they make a donation to their local CMN Hospital: the best in pediatric care for local hospitalized kids,” said John Lauck, CMN Hospitals president and CEO. “Achieving new record funds directly translates to our member hospitals making the best care better, resulting in more lives’ saved and improved.”
“We are proud of our long-standing relationship with CMN Hospitals in our operating areas,” said Maria Brous, Publix director of media and community relations. “Our customers and associates are raising the much needed funding for life-saving equipment, programs and research. We couldn’t make miracles happen without the support of our loyal Publix shoppers.”
Join T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital at Erlanger along with numerous community organizations and businesses as they present Children’s Hospital at Erlanger Family Fair on Saturday, September 20 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the green space in front of Blue Plate Restaurant on Riverfront Parkway.
Children of all ages, families and friends are welcome to attend the free event to receive valuable information on health and safety and enjoy fun activities such as games, pumpkin decorating, face painting and meeting Star Wars characters. Children will also have the opportunity, weather and flight permitting, to see a LIFE FORCE air medical helicopter up close and register for a chance to win a bike from Toys ”R” Us.
Children’s Hospital at Erlanger medical specialists from general pediatrics, neonatal intensive care, cardiology, nephrology, endocrinology, surgery, respiratory care and intensive care will be on hand to speak to families about various health topics. Some of the presenting topics include know your nose, childhood obesity, safe sleep and infant CPR.
Featured vendors participating in Children’s Hospital at Erlanger Family Fair include Sunny 92.3, Tennessee Aquarium, Creative Discovery Museum, Chattanooga Allergy Clinic, Pigtails and Crew Cuts, Uptown Art, Comcast Spotlight Pledge Against Bullying KIDKLOUT Car, The 501st Legion, MosNooga Squad, Chattanooga Fire Department, Children’s Advocacy Center, YMCA, The Jump Park, Kids On The Block and Earthfare.
This year’s Children’s Hospital at Erlanger Family Fair will also feature a special check presentation ceremony at noon. Kohl’s Department Store managers and Associates In Action teams from four local stores will present a check to Children’s Hospital at Erlanger for over $73,500 from the Kohl’s Cares Foundation.
Children’s Hospital at Erlanger partnered with local Walmart and Sam’s Club to host a variety of fundraising activities such as golf and softball tournaments, hotdog wagons and dunking booths.
“We just ended a very successful fund raising year for Children’s Hospital at Erlanger,” said Jeff Eversole, Walmart Market Manager and Children’s Hospital Foundation Board Member. “Thank you, to countless associates who committed and gave their best to raise money for such a great piece of our future, our children. We’re truly blessed to live in a community where our customers and associates realize the value of what our Children’s Hospital has to offer.”
All the funds raised during this year’s campaign will stay local to benefit the treatment and services offered to sick and injured children in our region.
“Due to Walmart and Sam’s Club’s size and reach in our region, they are able to make a huge impact on our hospital,” said Rebecca Brinkley, CMN Hospitals Coordinator for Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. “Their fundraising represents more than half of the funds we receive from our Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals corporate partners each year.”
Children’s Hospital at Erlanger is one of 170 CMN Hospitals who receive donations from many local businesses who are CMN Hospital partners. Nationally, through donations accepted at cash registers and in-store fundraising activities, Walmart raised more than $40.2 million for the CMN Hospitals totally more than $740 million since partnering with the charity in 1987. Hospitals utilize the funds based on what they need the most—typically for purchasing lifesaving equipment, supporting top therapy programs and providing charitable care.
For more information on the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals visit: www.CMNHospitals.org.
On Friday, August 29, Erlanger will recognize emergency medical service personnel and other rescue and medical agencies for “First Responder Night” at the Lookouts, beginning at 7:15 p.m. In recognition of Erlanger’s partnership with the region’s first responders and 25 years as the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center, Erlanger welcomes Lookout fans to take part in the special recognition during the game against the Tennessee Smokies. Weather and medical flights permitting, fans will experience a LIFE FORCE air medical landing never seen before at AT&T Field. They will also be able to meet some of our local heroes and receive special giveaways.
As the region’s only comprehensive stroke center, Erlanger was nationally recognized earlier this year by The Joint Commission for providing the highest level of care for patients with the most severe and challenging types of strokes and cerebrovascular disease. Come celebrate with Erlanger during “Strike Out Stroke Night” with the Lookouts on Saturday, August 30 against the Tennessee Smokies. Stroke survivors and medical specialists will be there to raise awareness and educate fans on the signs and symptoms of stroke.
Tickets for both nights can be purchased by going to www.lookouts.com or by calling 423-267-4849.
Eighteen regional Ace Hardware stores in Georgia and Tennessee will participate in one-day bucket promotion on Saturday, August 16 to raise money and support T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital at Erlanger.
Customers who make a $5 donation at participating Ace Hardware stores on August 16 will receive a limited edition five-gallon bucket and 20% off* most everything that fits in the bucket. All donations will directly benefit children who receive medical care at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, one of the 170 hospitals supported by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® (CMN Hospitals).
The bucket promotion is part of Ace Hardware’s Block Party Event, which takes place at participating Ace Hardware stores Friday, August 15 through Sunday, August 17.
“There could not be a better time to partner with Ace Hardware than now,” said Rebecca Brinkley, Children’s Hospital Foundation and CMN Hospitals coordinator. “As the summer days are coming to an end, people are beginning to focus on fall projects. We hope the residents in our communities will take advantage of this sale to not only purchase items for those projects, but to also lend a helpful hand in supporting the children who need medical treatment every day at the region’s only children’s hospital.”
Ace Hardware has been a proud partner of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 1991. Thanks to the generosity of Ace customers, retailers, vendors and team members, together Ace has raised more than $59 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country.
“Ace is committed to being the Helpful Place in each community we serve, and part of that means giving back,” said Jimmy Alexander, president, Ace Hardware Foundation. “We’re proud to help make miracles happen for children in need and to provide support for the entire family.”
“Our friends at Ace Foundation have been a committed and valued partner in our vision to save the lives of as many children as possible,” said John Lauck, president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “The funds raised through this bucket promotion will go directly to pay for life-saving medical treatment for sick and injured kids across the country.”
To find an Ace Hardware Store in your neighborhood, visit http://www.acehardware.com/findmyace and connect on Twitter using @AceHardware and #MiracleBucket. The following is a list of Ace Hardware Stores in Tennessee and Georgia participating in the $5 Bucket Promotion.
|ACE HARDWARE OF DALLAS BAY||8531 HIXSON PIKE||HIXSON||TN|
|ACE HARDWARE OF BRAINERD||5906 LEE HWY||CHATTANOOGA||TN|
|ACE HARDWARE & BUILDING CENTER||OLD HWY 76 EAST||BLUE RIDGE||GA|
|ACE HARDWARE OF DAYTON BLVD||1870 DAYTON BLVD||CHATTANOOGA||TN|
|ACE HARDWARE OF LAFAYETTE INC||512 S MAIN ST||LA FAYETTE||GA|
|ACE HARDWARE OF RINGGOLD||100 HELPFUL PL||RINGGOLD||GA|
|ACE HARDWARE||112 S 2ND AVE||CHATSWORTH||GA|
|ACE HARDWARE OF CLEVELAND||990 25TH ST NW||CLEVELAND||TN|
|ACE HARDWARE OF LOOKOUT||3712 CUMMINGS HWY||CHATTANOOGA||TN|
|ACE HARDWARE OF SOUTHSIDE||2700 BROAD ST||CHATTANOOGA||TN|
|ACE HARDWARE OF CHICKAMAUGA||36 GEN BUSHROD JOHNSON AV||CHICKAMAUGA||GA|
|MASSENGILL ACE HARDWARE||6056 HIGHWAY 411||BENTON||TN|
|ACE HARDWARE OF OOLTEWAH||9231 LEE HWY||OOLTEWAH||TN|
|ACE HARDWARE OF EAST BRAINERD||8164 E BRAINERD RD||CHATTANOOGA||TN|
|FARLEY’S ACE HARDWARE & BUILDING||16414 RANKIN AVE||DUNLAP||TN|
|ACE HARDWARE OF WALDEN INC||2000 TAFT HWY||SIGNAL MOUNTAIN||TN|
|ACE HARDWARE OF CHATTANOOGA||4921 HIGHWAY 58||CHATTANOOGA||TN|
|ACE HARDWARE OF EAST RIDGE||3502 RINGGOLD RD||CHATTANOOGA||TN|
After seven years since their last visit to T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital, two of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles returned with some high kicks and high fives for the patients and staff at the hospital.
Betty Ulrey, manager of Carmike Cinemas, along with martial arts instructors from Tiger Rock and staff from Pizza Hut joined in on the fun as they presented Ninja Turtle goody bags and samples of the turtles’ favorite food.
A very special surprise was presented to 10-year-old Hannah Crisp, who is also a karate student and a huge fan of the ninja turtles. A quilt was crafted by the Carmike Cinema staff for the perfect fan.
Erlanger Health System affiliate, Dodson Avenue Community Health Center is hosting a special event on August 11, noon until 2 p.m., to commemorate National Health Centers Week.
To kickoff the week, Erlanger representatives, along with local elected officials, will present a proclamation and a special recognition to the health center’s oldest patient. They will also recognize Dr. James Wheeler for providing more than 30 years of dental care services to patients at the health center.
The week’s events also include Patient Appreciation Day on Thursday, August 14, 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., at both Southside and Dodson Avenue Community Health Centers. Free health information will be available to patients and refreshments provided by the staff.
This year’s theme, “Local Engines for Healthier Communities,” highlights almost 50 years of recorded history and growth of health centers in comprehensive, high-quality preventive and primary health care to patients, regardless of their ability to pay. According to National Health Centers, health centers serve as the medical and healthcare home for over 22 million people nationally. Nearly all patients are low income with 72% of health center patients having family incomes at or below poverty.
The Southside and Dodson Avenue Community Health Centers’ focus for over 45 years is to provide primary and preventive medical care for people of all ages, including prenatal and OB/GYN services. The centers also offer educational information on nutrition, exercise programs, diabetes, hypertension and how to stop smoking. These services are a part of the centers’ approach to providing high-quality clinical care regardless of the patients’ ability to pay and a reflection of their service to the community.
In 2008, Children’s Hospital at Erlanger opened a new Urgent Care Center staffed with pediatric physicians to provide non-emergent medical needs during afterhours to Erlanger’s smallest patients. In addition to treating the patients, the staff educates families about their primary care options. While the children may have medical coverage, it is their family members who may not. Through the work in enrolling the community and implementing the Affordable Care Act, the Children’s Hospital staff also provide information on adult health coverage options.
Through both the adult health centers and Children’s Urgent Care Center, the centers’ affiliation agreement with University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga has also enabled Erlanger to offer all patients access to a full range of physicians for specialized care. The partnership with the community and a hospital system such as Erlanger is a truly unique opportunity to serve residents not only in the city limits but also patients from the region and surrounding states.
Erlanger Health System wishes to thank all of the staff for their commitment to exceptional patient care.
For more information on the events or health services, contact the Southside Community Health Center, 100 East 37th Street, at 778-2700 or Dodson Avenue Community Health Center, 1200 Dodson Avenue, at 778-2800. Children’s Hospital Urgent Care is located on the lower level of Children’s Hospital on Blackford Street and is open seven days a week from 6 p.m. until midnight. For more information, on pediatric services, call 778-6011.