Fueled by increased COVID-19 cases, 11 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® in hotspot areas receive 10,000 personal protective equipment masks each
(Michelle Boggs, President, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation;
Dr. Chad Perlyn, MD, Pediatric Surgeon, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital)
April 7 2020 – To help protect medical professionals on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, Speedway—the Ohio-based company and one of the nation’s largest owners and operators of convenience stores—has donated 7,000 N95 masks and 3,000 surgical masks to 11 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH), including Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, in hotspot areas to help provide protection when treating the youngest members of the community. The masks will be used by Nicklaus Children’s clinical staff as they care for young patients, helping the hospital shore up its supplies in the face of a growing global resource shortage due to COVID-19.
“During these very uncertain times, Jack and I are so grateful to our friends at Speedway for their donation of protective masks for our healthcare providers,” says Barbara Nicklaus, Chair and Co-Founder of the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, and a member of the CMNH Board. “As hospital supplies continue to be in great demand in our community and communities around the world, these masks will be critical to our hospital by ensuring that our medical professionals on the frontline have the resources they need to keep safe against the COVID-19 virus, while continuing to treat our young patients.”
The other 10 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals that received the donation, include: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, Calif.; Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Ind.; Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago; Ohio’s Dayton Children’s Hospital and Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Columbus); Children’s Wisconsin in Milwaukee; Michigan’s Beaumont Children’s (Royal Oak) and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital (Grand Rapids), and Monroe Children’s Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn.
“On behalf of all the caregivers who work on the frontlines of the 11 member hospitals who received this generous donation, we are grateful for these much-needed masks from Speedway,” said Teri Nestel, interim president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “Speedway’s commitment to the well-being of local medical professionals has never been more needed or more appreciated. It’s comforting to know that these doctors and nurses have the needed resources necessary to care for those who depend on children’s hospitals now and into the future.”
Speedway’s partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals began in 1991 and has since raised more than $121 million for the children’s charity through various fundraising activities. The majority of funds come year-round from customers who contribute via a donation prompt while checking out or in donation canisters at each store.
About Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with nearly 800 attending physicians and more than 475 pediatric subspecialists. The 309-bed hospital, known as Miami Children’s Hospital from 1983 through 2014, is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with many specialty programs routinely ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report since 2008. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor. For more information, please visit www.nicklauschildrens.org.
About Speedway LLC
Speedway LLC (Speedway) is the nation’s second largest company-owned and -operated convenience store chain with nearly 3,900 retail convenience stores across the United States. Headquartered in Enon, Ohio, Speedway is a subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: MPC). For more information, visit www.speedway.com.
About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $7 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, and learn about your member hospital, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.