WVU Children’s Hospital and Kohl’s Team up to be Germ Free

Improving personal hygiene focus of effort


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University Children’s Hospital and Kohl’s Department Stores announced recently that they have teamed up on an initiative to improve personal hygiene for patients and their families as they prepare to begin a new school year.

“WVU Children’s Hospital provides care for more than 6,600 children per year,” said Cheryl Jones, the director of WVU Children’s Hospital,  “but our commitment to our patient goes beyond the hospital environment.  With Kohl’s assistance, we will be able to teach our patients proper personal hygiene and hand-washing techniques that children and their families can take outside the hospital to ensure a healthy school year.  Kohl’s has been a strong supporter of WVU Children’s Hospital and this gift is yet another example of their commitment to the children of our state.”

A $4,638 gift from Kohl’s through its Kohl’s Cares for Kidsâ program will provide instruction in proper hand-washing techniques and hand-washing materials will be provided to patients of Children’s Hospital and their families in the activity center of the hospital.

Other WVU Children’s Hospital efforts supported through the Kohl’s sponsorship include the purchase of specialized equipment for pediatric patients and play equipment for the kids as well as the support of activities such as the 2005 Fall Festival held exclusively for WVU Children’s Hospital patients.  Kohl’s has supported WVU Children’s Hospital programs since 1999. 


“Kohl’s introduced the Kohl’s Cares for Kidsâ program to promote children’s health and educational opportunities, and is committed to playing an active role in the communities we serve,” said Julie Gardner, senior vice president of marketing for Kohl’s Department Stores.  “We’re proud of the partnerships we’ve created with children’s hospitals across the country, and are excited to join WVU Children’s Hospital in this endeavor.”

Kohl’s commitment to WVU Children’s Hospital is made possible through the Kohl’s Cares for Kidsâ program, which raises funds for children’s health and educational opportunities through the sale of special gift items.  Net profits from the sales go to support children’s health and educational opportunities in the market areas served by Kohl’s.  Kohl’s community outreach also includes Kohl’s Kids Who Careâ, an annual youth volunteer recognition program, fundraising gift cards for local schools and non-profit youth groups, as well as an associate program to encourage volunteerism.

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For more information:
Tara Bennett, Children's Hospital, (304) 598-4346

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