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Release: March 5, 2003

Wal-Mart and Sam's Club Stores Are Champions for Kids

Patients at Children's Hospital of Iowa and their families are celebrating the efforts of sales associates and managers of regional Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores who have now raised more than $4.5 million since 1988 to support Children's Hospital of Iowa through the Children's Miracle Network. In 2002 alone, Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores in Iowa donated $601,248.15 to Children's Miracle Network.

"The history of Wal-Mart and Sam's Clubs is as wonderful as it is impressive," said Lisa Baum-Waters, director of Children's Miracle Network at Children's Hospital of Iowa. "Over the years they have assisted us in raising funds for the procedure lab in Pediatric Cardiology, and now they have worked two years to raise over $l million for the renovation of the second floor inpatient unit."

That renovation will allow more families to enjoy private rooms with showers so that families can stay at the bedside overnight. This approach supports the concept of family-centered care. Planning for the renovated unit is under way.

Children's Hospital of Iowa patients, families and staff will soon have the opportunity to directly express their gratitude to sales associates and managers from Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores. Those employees will visit Children's Hospital of Iowa on March 6 and 13 to personally see the results of their efforts.

Iowa Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores are currently hard at work raising funds for a special guest house that will be developed at Children's Hospital of Iowa. The facility will house the families of pediatric patients during their stays at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

All of the funds raised by 63 regional Wal-Mart and Sam's Club for the Children's Miracle Network benefit patients of Children's Hospital of Iowa at UI Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City and its outreach clinics across the state. Some 100 percent of all donations to the Children's Miracle Network remain in the region to benefit critically ill and injured children. More than 100,000 children receive care at the Children's Hospital of Iowa each year.

The Children's Miracle Network is the nation's largest charitable organization. Money donated to Children's Miracle Network is used to enhance the quality of patients' hospital stays, support research and to purchase sophisticated pediatric health care equipment. For more information about Children's Miracle Network, contact Lisa Baum-Waters online at or by calling (319) 335-8447.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the University of Iowa 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

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room 8798 JPP, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

CONTACT: Media: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, Program: Lisa Baum-Waters, (319)335-8447,