Giant Food gifts $1 million to CMN

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Giant Food gifts $1 million to CMN

By Michael Johnsen - 03/19/2018
Giant Food Stores last week announced a $1 million donation divided between three local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals partners in the form of grants awarded during Children’s Hospitals Week in Orlando, Fla. The donation was part of Giant Food Store’s 95th anniversary celebration, with events happening throughout 2018.

“We are honored to mark 95 years of caring for our communities by supporting our partner hospitals of Children’s Miracle Network with these special grants,” Nicholas Bertram, president Giant Food Stores, said. “We passionately believe in giving back, and we are especially committed to the health of our customers and their families.”

The grants have been awarded to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia ($570,000), Penn State Children’s Hospital Hershey ($280,000) and Geisinger Medical Center ($150,000) and will be used for specific needs as identified by each hospital.

“We are so grateful for Giant's continued commitment to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and its partnership with our member hospitals,” John Lauck, president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, said. “We are excited that Giant has identified these hospitals that support their local communities and made an additional commitment to the treatment of sick and injured children.”

In addition to the annual Balloon and Candle in-store campaigns held during the summer and at the holidays, associates also regularly volunteer at CMN Hospital events, including radio and television telethons. Since 1997, Giant Food Stores, a division of Ahold Delhaize, has raised more than $42 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

The Giant Food Stores Welcome Desk at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will welcome 10,000 patients from nine specialty programs during the day and 12,225 urgent care visits on nights and weekends. Last week's gift will enhance the patient and family experience at all three urgent care sites, helping CHOP plan for the unplanned.

And Penn State Children’s Hospital will receive support for 3D Printing and Modeling for Congenital Heart Disease, Giant Food Stores reported. In addition to enhanced clinical care for patients and ongoing clinical research, the use of 3D printed cardiac models will also assist medical students and residents in their education about congenital heart disease.