WVU Children’s Hospital receives donation from PPG

Check for $8,000 presented today

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University Children’s Hospital received an $8,000 donation from the PPG Natrium plant today. The donation will go toward the hospital’s Child Life Program.

PPG Industries, which has a safe-workplace goal of zero safety incidents at all facilities, has in the past rewarded employees for continued safety compliance with food or small gifts. This time, employees chose to donate to WVU Children’s Hospital the money that would have been spent on those items.

PPG Natrium employees are celebrating their accomplishment of 92 days without a reportable safety incident. The previous benchmark was set at 80 days.

Employees chose WVU Children’s Hospital because it is the only children’s hospital in the state, and some employees have had children and grandchildren treated at the hospital as well, Plant Manager Jim Rock said. “The response from our employees has been overwhelmingly positive. We’re happy to do it and to impact the lives of children who are not as fortunate as we are.”

In operation since 1943, the PPG Natrium plant, north of New Martinsville, employs about 540 people. Four employees – Neil Meyers, Josh Balcerek, Steve Jarvis and Cindy Parson – made the trip from Natrium for today’s check presentation.

“We are very honored that PPG chose us as the recipient of their donation,” Cheryl Jones, R.N., director of WVU Children’s Hospital, said. “Hospitalization can be very scary for our patients, which is why the Child Life Program is so important. It helps make their stay a little less scary and less stressful. The money from PPG will help keep that program going strong.”

The Child Life Program works as part of the healthcare team, making hospitalization a little easier for patients and their families by providing support, education, recreation and assistance.

One of the main components of the Child Life Program is play, an important part of children’s lives. During times of stress, such as hospitalization, play can provide something safe and familiar – an opportunity for children to express fear, anxiety and misunderstandings about their hospitalization.

To encourage playtime for pediatric patients, WVU Children’s Hospital has an activity center equipped with toys, video games, an air hockey table and other child-friendly items.

Photo caption (left to right): PPG Natrium employees Steve Jarvis, Josh Balcerek, Neil Meyers and Cindy Parson present a check for $8,000 to WVU Children’s Hospital Director Cheryl Jones and Pediatric Infusion Center Manger Shannon Koty.

Each year, WVU Children’s Hospital provides care to more than 7,000 newborns, children and women, who come from every county in West Virginia and also from Pennsylvania, Maryland and Ohio. On average, 1,600 babies are born annually at WVU Children’s Hospital. Almost three-quarters of the deliveries are high-risk. WVU Children’s Hospital physicians provide care for children at the hospital in Morgantown and at clinics throughout the state.


For more information:
Angela Jones, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
asj: 04-24-09

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