Regional Walmart and Sam’s Clubs associates recognized for $11 million contributions

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Representatives from regional Walmart and Sam’s Clubs will be recognized for their annual fundraising efforts during Walmart Day on Monday, July 23 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

As part of the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN), Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System (Prisma Health) has been the recipient of over $11 million in funds raised by CMN partners Walmart and Sam’s Clubs over the past 31 years.

Prisma Health Children’s Hospital provides care for over 400,000 children a year through the region’s largest group of pediatric specialists and the funds raised continue to support specially trained child life specialists; specially trained facility dogs; camps for kids with a variety of medical conditions and research to aid young patients to heal physically and emotionally.

“We love Walmart and Sam’s Club associates,” said Robin LaCroix, Prisma Health Children’s Hospital medical director. “Their passion for our hospital over the years and asking customers and members to donate has made a tremendous difference in our ability to provide the most comprehensive health services for our children and their families in our community.”

Associates in the area are passionate about the campaign and about connecting with the children and families treated at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital.

Walmart and Sam’s Club associates find new and exciting ways to contribute time and money to the campaign. Some stores keep a “wishing well” for coins and donations in the storefront or host bake sales or cookouts in the parking lot.

While Walmart and Sam’s Club stores fundraise in many ways, their largest fundraiser is an annual register campaign during which cashiers ask customers for donations. During the 2017 campaign, they raised more than $38 million nationally which will impact each of the 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across North America, which treat over 10 million kids annually. In 1987, Sam Walton, founder of Walmart, committed his company and its resources to raise money for children’s hospitals with the promise that “the associates will amaze you.” Both Walmart and Sam’s Club share the belief that every child and family deserves the chance to live better. It’s at the very core of their being – and is played out through their associates’ commitment to fundraising for Children’s Miracle Network. Walmart and Sam’s Club stores have been partners of CMN for over 30 years, raising almost $1 billion for children’s hospitals around the country.

About Greenville Health System

Greenville-based Greenville Health System (Prisma Health) has partnered with Columbia-based Palmetto Health to form a not-for-profit health care delivery system serving 1.2 million patients annually across South Carolina. The new name and graphic identity are expected to be announced later this year. Prisma Health offers patients an innovative network of clinical integration, expertise and technologies through its academic health system, eight medical campuses, tertiary medical center, research and education facilities, community hospitals, physician practices and numerous specialty services. Prisma Health, by itself a 1,627-bed system, is home to 16 medical residency and fellowship programs, as well as partnership efforts such as the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville and the soon-opening Clemson University Center for Nursing, Health Innovation and Research. Visit www.ghs.org for more information.

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