Editor's note: The following is a press release from the Kiwanis Club of Shorewood.
The Kiwanis Club of Shorewood has donated 40 teddy bears to young patients at Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center.
Several club members stopped by the Medical Center this week to visit with children and families in the Pediatric Unit. They personally delivered the bears to their new owners and wished the children a happy holiday. The club has also committed to regularly delivering additional bears to the unit in the future.
“A small, simple gesture like a stuffed animal goes a long way towards making our patients feel welcomed and loved, especially children who are spending their holiday away from home,” said Toni Lee, RN, patient care manager, Pediatric Unit.
In accordance with the Kiwanis mission, the Shorewood Kiwanis Club seeks to directly benefit local children and families and has made a special commitment to support the pediatric program at Provena Saint Joseph in Joliet. The volunteer group of eleven members hosted it’s first-ever “Glitz and Glitter Casino Night” last April, which featured gaming tables and auctions. The
highly successful event raised $15,000 to benefit the Pediatric program at Provena Saint Joseph. The second annual Casino Night is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, at 176 West.
“We are so pleased to have an ongoing partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Shorewood to support our pediatric program,” said Beth Hughes, President and CEO, Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center. “Our pediatric specialty services continue to expand each year. In 2012, we were fortunate to welcome four talented new Pediatric hospitalists who provide our young patients with university-level care while keeping the children close to home.”
Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center is home to the only Children’s Emergency Department in Will County. It not only provides a child-friendly atmosphere, but also is furnished with the specialized smaller equipment needed for pediatric patients.