'Just for Kids' campaign benefits Kosair

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By The Staff

Kosair Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital Foundation and Norton Healthcare officials announced Sept. 25 a $208 million “Just for Kids” Campaign to benefit Kosair Children’s Hospital – the first major philanthropic campaign in the hospital’s 116-year history. Kosair Children’s Hospital is Kentucky’s only free-standing, full-service children’s hospital.

The public phase of the campaign will support the growth and development of pediatric services across the region in the areas of pediatric workforce; new/renovated facilities and state-of-the-art technology; and pediatric research.

Children’s Hospital Foundation officials also announced two significant new commitments.

The first is a $1 million gift from Bill and Coleen Ehrig of Prospect, in memory and honor of Mr. Ehrig’s father, William J. Ehrig Sr., to benefit Norton Healthcare’s planned pediatric outpatient center near the Norton Brownsboro Hospital campus in northeastern Jefferson County. The facility will include the “Pop-Pop’s Children’s Playroom” near the Emergency Department, dedicated to the memory of Mr. Ehrig’s father.

Bill Ehrig is vice chair of the Children’s Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees.

The second is a renewed commitment from Wal-Mart to support the Children’s Hospital Foundation and Kosair Children’s Hospital. According to Children’s Hospital Foundation officials, the next $1 million donated by the Wal-Mart and Children’s Miracle Network partnership will support the ongoing expansion and renovation of the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Officials also have challenged corporations, foundations, civic groups and other groups in outlying communities to raise $1 million over the next two years to support the NICU expansion and renovation. The challenge calls for each community or cluster of communities to raise $100,000 over the next two years.

Preliminary fundraising for the “Just for Kids” Campaign began in mid-2005, and the campaign has already secured $57 million toward the $107 million to be raised in private support from individuals; corporations; foundations; churches, schools and civic groups; estates and bequests; and other sources.