Walmart, Sam’s Club honored for raising $10.5M for GHS Children’s Hospital

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System (GHS) honored Walmart and Sam’s Club today for their 29-year commitment to the hospital and helping raise more than $10.5 million in support of pediatric patients..

In honor of the company’s long-term commitment – and the generosity of its customers and associates – GHS Children’s Hospital dedicated the playrooms on the fifth and sixth floors of the hospital to Walmart and Sam’s Club. The playrooms are open 24/7 so children and families have access to them any time of day or night. Research shows that children who have the opportunity to play during hospital stays can often go home quicker.

“Every child deserves hope and healing,” said William Schmidt, M.D., medical director of GHS Children’s Hospital. “The generosity of Walmart and Sam’s Club’s customers and members will enable us to continue providing expert, innovative care to more than 80,000 infants, children and adolescents each year. We’re grateful for the company’s dedication to children in South Carolina.”

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Dr. Bill Schmidt, medical director of GHS Children’s Hospital, Dale Wooten, a Walmart market manager, and George Maynard, GHS vice president of institutional advancement, showoff Walmart vests and pins during the event’s reception.

Since 1988, Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, customers and members have supported GHS Children’s Hospital and other children’s hospitals through Children’s Miracle Network (CMN). Together, Walmart and Sam’s Club have raised more than $20 million for CMN-affiliated hospitals across the state, including Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Medical University of South Carolina Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital, McLeod Children’s Hospital and GHS Children’s Hospital. Fundraising initiatives include an annual balloon icon campaign, associate fundraising, and donations from customers and members made through various Walmart and Sam’s Club stores. Each year, customers participate by making a donation at a store. The current fundraising campaign started Aug. 29 and runs through Oct. 9.

“The last thing any parent wants is for their child to be sick – It’s terrifying and instantly consumes a family’s day to day life and sense of peace about the future,” said Brooke Mueller, director of Public Affairs for Walmart. “The care and support that CMN and GHS Children’s Hospital provide is among the most important support a family facing a child’s illness can get.”

Mueller said, “As a company we support many organizations doing great work around the globe, but there is very little work more delicate or critical than the services provided by GHS Children’s Hospital and others like them. We are humbled to play a part in supporting their mission and honored to receive such a special recognition by GHS Children’s Hospital.”

About Greenville Health System

Greenville Health System (GHS) — an academic health system that is the largest not-for-profit healthcare delivery system in South Carolina — is committed to medical excellence through research, patient care and education. GHS offers patients an innovative network of clinical integration, expertise and technologies through its eight medical campuses, tertiary medical center, research and education facilities, community hospitals, physician practices and numerous specialty services throughout the Upstate. The 1,358-bed system is home to 15 medical residency and fellowship programs. GHS is also home to the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, a joint effort of USC and GHS. Visit ghs.org for more information.

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

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