COLUMBIA, Mo. — University of Missouri Health Care and Kohl’s Department Stores are teaming up to prevent unintentional injuries in children. Representatives from mid-Missouri Kohl’s stores will present a $32,609 check to MU Health Care’s trauma outreach team at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20 outside the Health Pavilion at Columbia Regional Hospital.
During the event, MU Health Care will unveil its new trauma outreach van. The custom-built van was made possible thanks to a previous donation from Kohl’s and features a television with educational videos, an awning for hosting events in bad weather and shelving for equipment such as car seats and bicycle helmets.
“The van is a mobile educational resource we can take to schools, community events and child safety fairs to create awareness and promote injury prevention,” said Lezlie Dahlke R.N., trauma outreach coordinator for University of Missouri Health Care.
Since 2006, Kohl’s has donated more than $70,000 to University of Missouri Health Care. “Unintentional injury is the No. 1 killer of children ages 1-14 in the United States,” said Dahlke. “Through Kohl’s continued support, we are delivering important safety information to parents and children throughout mid-Missouri.”
University of Missouri Health Care’s injury prevention program, which includes coordination of Safe Kids Columbia, will reach more than 10,000 people this year at more than 40 community events.
Kohl’s commitment to University of Missouri Health Care is made possible through Kohl’s Cares for Kids. Net profits from the sale of special merchandise support children’s health and education. Since 2000, Kohl’s has raised more than $126 million for such initiatives nationwide.
Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl’s 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. Kohl’s operates 1,059 stores in 49 states. For more information, visit www.kohls.com.
University of Missouri Health Care's network of hospitals, clinics and telehealth sites reaches across the state of Missouri. Each year more than 20,000 patients are cared for in its hospitals and more than 500,000 patients are treated in its clinics. University Hospital and Clinics, Children's Hospital, Columbia Regional Hospital and Ellis Fischel Cancer Center are based in Columbia, MO. University Hospital offers the area’s only level I Trauma Center and burn intensive care unit. Children’s Hospital is mid-Missouri’s only comprehensive pediatric facility with more than 30 specialties. CRH provides the area’s most comprehensive medical team for women’s health and houses the Family Birth center and Level III neonatal intensive care unit. Dedicated solely to cancer, Ellis Fischel is the state’s designated cancer center and offers the region’s most comprehensive screening program. The health system also includes a long-term acute care facility, Missouri Rehabilitation Center, in Mount Vernon, Mo.
Photo caption: Nathan Collins, manager of Columbia Kohl's Department store (far right) presents a check in the amount of $32,609 to (from right to left) Timothy Fete, M.D., medical director of Children's Hospital, Keri Simon, executive director of Columbia Regional Hospital, Donna Otto, coalition president for Safe Kids Columbia, and Lezlie Dahlke, R.N., trauma outreach coordinator for MU Health Care.