Pediatric patients at Children’s Hospital of Greenville (SC) Hospital System and their families will soon have an interactive, child-friendly space in which to regroup and relax thanks to a $300,000 pledge from Carolinas Credit Union Foundation.
The Foundation, which represents 169 credit unions in both North and South Carolina, made the announcement today (Oct. 18) in honor of National Credit Union Day.
“Giving back is a core value of credit unions and aligns with our collective philosophy of people helping people,” said Carolinas Credit Union Foundation President and CEO John McGrail. “We recently completed a similar project at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, and we look forward to helping transform a space for pediatric patients here in the Upstate.”
Renovation of the existing Children’s Hospital lobby and entrance is slated to begin in late 2012. Once complete, the space will be more colorful and child-friendly and house interactive games and toys, as well as an existing fish tank – a common element seen throughout all GHS Children’s Hospital facilities.
“We are grateful for partners like the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation, who give generously so that we can better serve our patients,” said Dr. Bill Schmidt, medical director of GHS Children’s Hospital. “This space will give our patients and families a place to go when they want to get out of their room but cannot leave the hospital.”
GHS Children’s Hospital serves as the region’s source for pediatric care. The hospital treats more than 180,000 infants, children and adolescents each year from South Carolina, Western North Carolina, Northern Georgia and beyond.