Smith’s Food & Drug Stores has donated $200,000 to St. Rose Dominican Health Foundation in support of charity care for needy children who suffered from traumatic injury or illness and whose families need help meeting their medical expenses. The funds have come from Smith’s associates’ contributions, customer donations at the check stands and from Smith’s annual vendor golf tournament.
Photo: (L to R) Debi Walsh, Director of Children’s Miracle Network, Teresa Conley, chief operating officer of St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, joins with Mark Tuffin, Smith’s President in presenting the donation check to Chares Guida, President of St Rose Dominican Health Foundation. Photo Credit: Smith’s
As Southern Nevada’s only Children’s Miracle Network hospital partner, St. Rose Dominican Hospitals treats over 40,000 children every year. One hundred percent of the funds raised in Southern Nevada stays in the area to provide the very best care for families who need it the most.
Last year, Smith’s presented St. Rose Dominican Health Foundation with a check for $130,000 to assist with the hospital’s estimated annual pediatric charity care cost of $5 million dollars. That contribution helped to assist many families who were struggling to pay their child’s medical costs after trauma or serious illness.
“Our associates and customers are often touched by the care provided by UNMCH,” said Mark Tuffin, Smith’s president. “This hospital is a pillar of hope and healing, and we are happy to give our support.”
Smith’s has a long history of supporting children’s hospitals. In the 1940’s, company founder Dee Smith would collect pennies and deliver them to the nearby children’s hospital. In the past 10 years, Smith’s associates, suppliers and customers have raised over $9 million for Utah’s freestanding children’s hospital’s charity care program.
St. Rose Dominican Hospitals is the only Children’s Miracle Network hospital system in Southern Nevada and 100 percent of every dollar raised in the community stays right here to provide pediatric equipment, charity care, and health education for children treated at St. Rose. To learn more about Children’s Miracle Network’s partnership with St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, visit www.supportstrose.org.
Smith’s is a division of the Kroger Co., one of the nation’s largest grocery retailers, operates 133 stores in seven western states. Smith’s charitable giving, in partnership with 15,600 associates, generous customers and suppliers, totaled $9.5 million in cash and food products to local organizations in 2011. For more information: www.smithsfoodanddrug.com