Thursday, February 5, 2009
--- Phoenix Coyotes players will reach out to our community’s youngest patients on Monday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. when they visit three local children’s hospitals. Players will be split into three groups as the Coyotes will spend quality time with hospitalized children at Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH), Banner Children’s Hospital at Banner Desert Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Children’s Center to help celebrate Valentine’s Day.
The visit to PCH will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. to celebrate Coyotes Charities’ recent donation to Starlight Children’s Foundation Arizona that was used to purchase a Starlight Fun CenterTM for PCH. The donation provides hospitalized children with a mobile entertainment unit which contains a Sharp AQUOSTM flat-screen television, DVD player, and a Nintendo Wii™ gaming system. Following the ceremony, players will help brighten the patients’ days by visiting kids throughout the hospital.
In an effort to reach out to more young patients on Monday, groups of Coyotes will also be visiting Banner Children’s Hospital at Banner Desert Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Children’s Center at 2 p.m. as well.About Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Phoenix Children’s Hospital is Arizona’s only licensed children’s hospital, providing world-class care in more than 40 pediatric specialties to our state’s sickest kids. Though Phoenix Children’s is one of the ten largest freestanding children’s hospitals in the country, rapid population growth in Arizona means the Hospital must grow as well. Phoenix Children’s recently announced a $588 million expansion plan to bring its special brand of family-centered care to even more patients and families. The plan includes a significant upgrade of the Hospital's current campus, an aggressive physician recruitment effort, and new satellite centers in high growth areas of the Valley. For more information, visit the Hospital’s Web site at www.phoenixchildrens.com
. About Starlight Children’s Foundation
Starlight Children's Foundation is a national, 501(c)3 organization founded in 1983 with the goal to empower and improve the quality of life for seriously ill children. For 25 years, the organization has dedicated itself to helping ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities. Last year, Starlight Children’s Foundation Arizona touched the lives of more than 50,000 children and their families, statewide. To learn more about the magic of Starlight in Arizona, call (480) 280-5289 or visit www.starlight.org/arizona
.About Banner Children’s Hospital at Banner Desert Medical Center
The nonprofit Banner Children's Hospital at Banner Desert Medical Center currently provides comprehensive pediatric care to residents throughout Maricopa County. Highly-skilled and compassionate pediatric staff and a full array of pediatric specialty physicians meet the diverse childhood health care needs of our community. As the population of Maricopa County continues to grow at unprecedented levels, so does the need for additional pediatric hospital services. The new tower dedicated to Banner Children's is part of a major expansion to substantially increase the pediatric services available to this growing region.Banner Thunderbird Children’s Center
Banner Thunderbird Children’s Center, located within Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, provides pediatric care for children ranging from birth to 17 years of age. The highly skilled and compassionate staff assures parents that their children are receiving the best possible care. The pediatric programs and staff meet the diverse childhood health care needs in existence today. Banner Thunderbird Children’s Center houses 24 private patient rooms and care for children with an array of needs, ranging from illnesses to surgical recovery.