Funds will support Geisinger and Kohl’s Cares Moving4Health Program
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Oct. 25, 2013
SELINSGROVE, Pa. — Representatives from the Kohl's Cares initiatives at Kohl's Department Stores presented the Geisinger Health System Foundation a check for $83,736 on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at the safe and healthy Halloween event for kids at Geisinger-Susquehanna University, a service of Geisinger Medical Center (GMC). The funds will be used by Geisinger’s Janet Weis Children’s Hospital (JWCH) to support the Geisinger and Kohl’s Cares Moving4Health Program.
Geisinger and the Kohl’s Cares Moving4Health program provides innovative childhood obesity prevention, education, resources and activities so children can learn to make healthy choices on their own. It brings valuable health and wellness education to families through www.moving4health.org.
“The funds given by Kohl’s will launch a vitally important program to our region in terms of childhood obesity prevention, which will ultimately result in our children living healthier lives,” said Michael Ryan, DO, FAAP, FACOP, chairman, Geisinger’s Janet Weis Children’s Hospital. “We are pleased to be partnering with Kohl’s on this initiative.”
Since 2006, Kohl’s has donated more than $500,000 to Geisinger’s Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, which also supported the proper hand washing techniques, dental care and other health and wellness initiatives.
Kohl's commitment to Geisinger Health System is made possible through the Kohl's Cares® cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohl’s sells $5 books and plush toys, with100 percent of net profit benefitting children’s health and education programs nationwide, including hospital partnerships like this one. Kohl's has raised more than $231 million dollars through this merchandise program. In addition to the merchandise program, Kohl's Cares® features the Kohl's Cares® Scholarship Program, which last year recognized more than 2,300 young volunteers with more than $400,000 in scholarships and prizes. Through Kohl’s Associates in Action volunteer program, more than 669,000 associates have donated more than 2.2 million hours of their time since 2001, and Kohl’s has donated more than $63 million to youth-focused nonprofit organizations. Kohl’s also offers fundraising gift cards for schools and youth-serving organizations. For more information, visit www.Kohls.com/Cares.
About Geisinger Health System
Geisinger Health System is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record, and the development of innovative care models such as ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®. As the nation’s largest rural health services organization, Geisinger serves more than 2.6 million residents throughout 44 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. The physician-led system is comprised of more than 19,500 employees, including a 1,000-member multi-specialty group practice, six hospital campuses, two research centers and a 448,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $6.1 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania economy. The health system and the health plan have repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or follow the latest Geisinger news and more on Twitter and Facebook.
Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a family-focused, value-oriented specialty department store offering moderately priced, exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty and home products in an exciting shopping environment. With a commitment to environmental leadership, Kohl’s operates 1,155 stores in 49 states. In support of the communities it serves, Kohl’s has raised more than $231 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl's Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl's Department Stores, Inc. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com, join the discussion on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/kohls) or Twitter (http://twitter.com/Kohls) or get inspired on Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/kohls/) and Instagram (http://instagram.com/kohls).
Kohl’s check presentation to GHS (L to R): Drew Kelly, 94KX program director and morning show co-host; Jennifer Ravier-Foora, store manager, Kohl’s, Selinsgrove; Tiffany Kahler, Kohl’s human resources, Selinsgrove; Doreen Giordani, Kohl’s associate, Selinsgrove; Kimberly Auman, project coordinator, community nurse educator, Geisinger Health System; Saralyn Vogel, M.D., pediatrician at Geisinger-Susquehanna University, a service of Geisinger Medical Center, and Meghan Fetterman, Geisinger community educator.