Featured Partner: Charlotte Pipe & Foundry
For twelve years, Charlotte Pipe & Foundry has been a steadfast supporter of Levine Children’s Hospital, having raised close to $1.4 million through their Employee Choice Campaign and golf charity outings, with over $220,000 raised in 2020 through their charitable efforts. These funds have been raised through the generosity of many employees and Charlotte Pipe & Foundry leadership. We want to thank everyone at Charlotte Pipe & Foundry and the Charlotte Pipe & Foundry Plastics Division for their continued support of the many patients and families served by Levine Children’s Hospital.
Featured Partner: Barings Builds Hope for Levine Children’s Hospital
For Barings, children’s health and wellbeing is a top priority, a vision that is shared with Levine Children’s Hospital. This vision has been the catalyst for Barings’ longstanding commitment to Levine Children’s patients, through the gifts and service of the company’s employees. For the past 12 years, Barings has generously supported Levine Children’s Hospital as presenting sponsor of the Hopebuilders 5k, including the virtual 5k held in October of this year that brought health, hope and healing to Levine Children’s patients and families in our community. Barings recently deepened their commitment to pediatric health by making a substantial pledge to underwrite the renovation of the hospital’s third-floor diagnostic suite (pictured).
Upward: Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals News
Corporate partners of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) continue to raise hope, funds, and awareness for 170 member hospitals across North America, including Levine Children’s Hospital. Funds raised from 2020 CMNH campaigns directly support innovative, state-of-the art medical technology, treatments and patient resources that enable Levine Children’s to deliver world-class pediatric care.
We’re grateful to several local CMNH partners who recently wrapped up their 2020 fundraising campaigns and events in support of Levine Children’s:
Walmart and Sam’s Club Celebrate a Record-Breaking Campaign
This summer, 68 local Walmart and Sam’s Club stores demonstrated their commitment to Levine Children’s Hospital in a monumental way, raising a record-breaking $462,758 during their annual “Help Kids Live Better” campaign.
Since 1988, Costco stores nationwide have proudly supported Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through the retailer’s month-long Miracle Balloon Campaign. This year, three local stores located in Charlotte, Matthews and Mooresville, raised over $81,000 for Levine Children’s Hospital.
Kendra Scott-SouthPark: Shop for Good
During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Kendra Scott stores across the country asked customers to help make miracles for local children by rounding up their purchase at the register. Thanks to store associates and the generosity of customers at Kendra Scott’s SouthPark Mall store location, nearly $2,000 was raised to benefit Levine Children’s Hospital.
This October, the 14th Annual Racing for a Miracle program, sponsored by ACE Hardware Foundation, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Stanley Black & Decker’s Craftsman brand, and Erik Jones of Joe Gibbs Racing, created an unforgettable experience for four former patients of Levine Children’s – Kyler, Zackery, Christian and Sofia – who were honorary Joe Gibbs Racing team members during the NASCAR Charlotte Cup Race. In addition to this special event, local ACE Hardware store Blackhawk Hardware raised over $5,000 in the store’s July “Round Up” campaign to benefit Levine Children’s Hospital.
Love’s Travel Stops
This fall, the nation’s industry-leading travel stop asked customers to “Round Up the Change” to support pediatric patients nationwide. Beyond its traditional support for Levine Children’s, local Love’s Travel Stops also supported the hospital’s COVID-19 response. Customers of local Love’s Travel Stops gave generously in 2020, contributing over $12,500 in charitable support for Levine Children’s Hospital.
The Healing Power of Art: Levine Children’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Benefit from Rooftop Art Installation
Levine Children’s Hospital recently celebrated the completion of a one-of-kind rooftop art installation made possible through a $45,000 grant from Speedway Children’s Charities. After more than two years of planning and execution, Charlotte artist Jonathan Grauel brought his vision to life: the hospital rooftop located outside of patient rooms in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is now home to Levine Village, a 123-foot outdoor mural and diorama sculpture project designed to mask and transform the hospital’s HVAC units outside of Levine Children’s Hospital’s 6th floor. The whimsical landscape created by the artist was inspired by Charlotte Motor Speedway, and by many well-known Charlotte landmarks and images created through workshops the artist conducted with patients and staff (prior to 2020).
Opportunities for Impact
Atrium Health School Based Virtual Care Expands in Regional School Districts
North Carolina is home to many rural communities where children lack to access medical care. In some counties there are more than 2,000 children per pediatrician. To ensure that children have the health care they need, Atrium Health has improved access through a pilot program embedding virtual care clinics in local public schools that provide medical care to students onsite and in their rhythm of life.
The Atrium Health School Based Virtual Care clinics are made possible with the support of grants made by Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC and by Kohl’s department stores. Created in 2018 as a grant-funded pilot project, the school-based virtual clinics were first established with the support of a $750,000 three-year grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, and later, with an additional $300,000 two-year grant from Kohl’s through the retailer’s Kohl’s Cares community grant program. These generous contributions have allowed the program to grow and offer care in additional locations. What started as a pilot project serving one school in Cleveland County has now grown to serve students at 30 elementary schools in Cleveland and Lincoln Counties, as well as Kannapolis City Schools.
Use this link to learn more about Atrium Health’s school-based virtual care program. To speak with Atrium Health Foundation about opportunities to sustain and expand these vital community resources, please contact Leslie Sykes, Director of Corporate Relations.
Atrium Health School Based Virtual Care Impact: By The Numbers
Growing Atrium Health’s COVID-19 Feeding Program to Serve More Communities:
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Atrium Health has been working with organizations in our community to identify gaps within the services offered in response to the pandemic. Through our collaborations and work treating and screening patients, it became clear that low-income individuals in our community who struggle with hunger and food instability are unable to quarantine without tremendous hardship. To ensure that all individuals can effectively and safely quarantine themselves, it is essential that food, supplies, medications, and other necessities be provided to these patients.
In response to this growing need, Atrium Health launched a COVD-19 Feeding Program. The program coordinator works with patients and tailors the deliveries to their specific needs, including items for babies or children, medication refills, food items, or other requests for supplies. The coordinator picks up items from community partners, including MedAssist and Loaves and Fishes, as well as items that have been donated to Atrium Health for use in the community. Then deliveries are then made to patients, tailored to their specific needs and family size.
Thanks to the support of many community partners, including significant monetary support from 5/3 Bank, the COVID-19 Feeding Program is serving an estimated 30-40 households per week and making 150 deliveries to local families each month.
With additional financial commitments from corporate partners in our community, Atrium Health hopes to expand the COVID-19 Feeding Program, which is currently limited to residents of Mecklenburg County, to families and individuals who reside in surrounding counties in our region. In-kind donations and volunteers are also needed to help maintain and grow this vital community program. For more information, contact Leslie Sykes at Atrium Health Foundation.