The Atlanta Falcons teamed up with Verizon this season in an effort to raise money for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Verizon was the title sponsor of the Atlanta Falcons Celebrity Footbowl Tournament. Jim Smith, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Atlanta Falcons presented a check in the amount of $73,102.29 to Shelton Stevens, Senior Development Officer for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Mark Sidwell, Director of Business Sales for Verizon, also joined the group presentation at the December 30th Falcons game.
The Foundation works with individual donors, charitable foundations and corporations to enhance medical services and programs and to help care for children whose families could not otherwise afford to pay. In 2008, Children’s provided $103 million in unreimbursed costs of care to patients and families in need who could otherwise not afford it.
In addition, the Foundation relies heavily upon volunteers who donate their time and energy in support of Children’s, both in the hospitals and throughout the community. In 2008, Friends in-hospital volunteers donated more than 79,515 hours of their time. This translates into $1.55 million in cost savings for Children’s. Additionally, community volunteer groups raised more than $2.1 million for Children’s through their many fundraising activities and events.
Below are some ways CHOA makes their care for children special:
Our staff are specially trained to work with children and understand verbal and nonverbal clues. They know it takes a special touch—in addition to reassuring words—to calm a scared child. Unlike adults, children often require a gentler, calmer approach in order to understand what is happening to them in the hospital.
Children’s practices family-centered care, believing the family’s involvement is a crucial part of the child’s care. Parents and families are allowed 24-hour visitation throughout the hospital, including the Intensive Care Units. We offer in-room sleeping sofas, laundry, showers and kitchens, as well as family libraries and business centers.
The Children’s multidisciplinary team, including chaplains, child life specialists, schoolteachers and social workers, offers children and families emotional, physical and spiritual support during an often-stressful period of their lives. This type of team is unique to children’s hospitals.
Through the Children’s School Program, Georgia-certified teachers help children keep up with schoolwork and maintain a sense of normalcy while they are staying in the hospital.
Young children are carried through the hospital in little red wagons. On any given day, more than 90 wagons are carrying patients throughout our hospitals. Wheelchairs are available for larger children and teens.
Three hospital locations in Atlanta:
CHOA AT EGLESTON
1405 Clifton Rd, NE
Atlanta, GA 30322
CHOA AT HUGHES SPALDING
35 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE
Atlanta, GA 30303
CHOA AT SCOTISH RITE
1001 Johnson Ferry RD NE
Atlanta, GA 30342
Write to us at 1687 Tullie Circle NE, Atlanta, GA 30329.
Download the PDF: Atlanta Falcons 2009-2010 Involvement Recap with CHOA