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Mobile, Ala. (May 13 , 2003)
News Release University Receives $250,000 Commitment for USA Children's and Women's Hospital
USA CheckUSA Children's and Women's Hospital Receives Community Support - Some $200,000 in proceeds from the 2002 Food World Senior Bowl Charity Run were recently distributed to several Gulf Coast organizations, including USA Children's and Women's Hospital. Pictured at the presentation, from left, are Dr. Joseph F. Busta Jr., vice president for development and alumni relations at USA; Dr. Becky DeVillier, associate administrator and chief operating officer at USA Children's and Women's Hospital; Steve Hale, Senior Bowl president; Scott North, Bruno's vice president and general manager; and Ron Sinclair, Bruno's vice president of marketing.

The University of South Alabama received on May 13 a five-year, $250,000 commitment from proceeds of the Food World Senior Bowl Charity Run to be used toward the renovation of the lobby at USA Children's and Women's Hospital. Work will begin this summer and should be completed in early 2004.

"The renovated lobby of USA Children's and Women's Hospital will provide a warm and soothing welcome for our patients and their families, who often arrive under difficult circumstances," said USA President Gordon Moulton. "This lobby renovation will enhance the mission of USA Children's and Women's Hospital, as we continue to deliver the highest quality of health care to the children of this region."

"Since 1995, USA Children's and Women's Hospital has been the primary beneficiary of the Senior Bowl's charitable giving,"said Dr. Joseph F. Busta Jr., vice president for development and alumni relations at USA. "On behalf of the patients and staff of USA Children's and Women's Hospital, we want to thank the Senior Bowl and Food World for their generous support."

USA Children's and Women's Hospital is one of only seven freestanding hospitals in the country providing care exclusively to children and women, according to Dr. Becky DeVillier, associate administrator and chief operating officer at USA Children's and Women's Hospital. "Our hospital offers technology unmatched in this region, and our staff is highly trained and dedicated to providing the absolute best care for children and women."

The hospital is the birthplace each year for nearly 3,400 babies, which is nearly half of all babies born in Mobile annually. The Hollis J. Wiseman Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the hospital's pediatric intensive care unit are unique in this region. USA Children's and Women's Hospital also offers the region's most comprehensive birthing center.

The renovated lobby will be more inviting and accessible, and the open space may be used for some of the sculptures from the USA Children's Park, which will be especially enjoyable for patients who are not able to leave the building. Parents will also benefit from the addition of a comfortable waiting area, and the reception desk will be more customer-friendly and accessible to families. The gift shop will be more convenient, and will offer premature infant wear, cards, gift items and products for new mothers.

The Senior Bowl and Food World have contributed more than $311,000 to USA Children's and Women's Hospital. "The Food World-Senior Bowl charitable partnership presents an opportunity for our company to fulfill the responsibility of returning something to our communities in a way greater than ever before," said Bruno's vice president and general manager Scott North.

Previous Senior Bowl donations to USA Children's and Women's Hospital have been used to purchase computers for the U.S.S. Hope, the region's only pediatric outpatient chemotherapy center; Gem cars, which are electric cars used to take patients and their families to clinics and to the Ronald McDonald House in the USA Children's Park; and Starbright World, a computer network that enables children to interact with other children in hospitals throughout the country.

Senior Bowl and Food World officials distributed checks totaling $200,000 representing proceeds generated by the 2002 Food World Senior Bowl Charity Run last November to 12 charitable agencies selected as the event's contribution recipients for 2003. The largest check was the $50,000, first-year installment for the lobby renovation at USA Children's and Women's Hospital.

"The success that we continue to enjoy with the Charity Run, combined with the Senior Bowl's goals of charitable giving which we share with Food World, has once again enabled this event to positively affect thousands of individuals who are served and impacted by the organizations and agencies selected to receive this year's proceeds," said Senior Bowl president Steve Hale.

Also receiving checks at the news conference at USA Children's and Women's Hospital were the Boys and Girls Club of South Alabama, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Mobile Association for the Blind, Mobile Ballet, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile Opera, Mobile Symphony, National Youth Sports Program and YMCA of Metropolitan Mobile.

For information on supporting development opportunities at USA Children's and Women's Hospital, please contact the USA Office of Development and Alumni Relations at (251) 460-7616 or at
http://www.southalabama.edu/development/makeagift.html .

 
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