PALO ALTO, Calif. -- CVS/pharmacy® has awarded a CVS Caremark Community Grant for $2,000 to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, officials announced today. The gift will help fund the development of an outdoor play area for Packard’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Program, which provides occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology services for children of all ages and abilities.
The new play area will broaden the scope of care for treating patients with movement problems resulting from injury, disease, or congenital conditions, as well as speech and language disorders. It is designed to provide a fun, positive, and nurturing environment for patients in need of rehabilitation, and is expected to be utilized by 6,000 patients annually.
“An outdoor play area will maximize the overall potential for rehabilitation by allowing for the development of more comprehensive treatment plans,” said Jody Winzelberg, AuD, Chief of Audiology and Director of Rehabilitation Services and the Children’s Hearing Center at Packard Children’s. “It also reinforces the family-centered approach to care by providing an environment where parents can learn skills that they can utilize in their home life, thus directly engaging them in their child’s treatment plan.”
“We are committed to making a positive impact in the communities where we live and work and the CVS Caremark Community Grants program does just that by supporting organizations that truly make a difference in the lives of children and families,” said Karen Ramos, Senior Manager, Community Relations, CVS Caremark Corporation. “We are proud to support the work that Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital does in the community and we look forward to working with them in the years ahead.”
Grants are awarded to organizations that share a common vision with CVS Caremark’s All Kids Can program, which strives to make life easier for children with disabilities. The goal of the All Kids Can program is to create a more inclusive environment for children with and without disabilities to build self-esteem, lasting friendships, and social skills, and to help children without disabilities learn diversity and tolerance.
“CVS Caremark is committed to helping children with disabilities learn, play, and succeed in life,” said Dennis Palmer, Senior Vice President, CVS Caremark. “Through this grant, we are able to help make an impact on the lives of children in the Peninsula and South Bay.”
Members of the CVS/pharmacy® team present a check for $2,000 to the Outpatient Rehabilitation Services Program at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Accepting the gift on the future site of the outdoor rehabilitation play area is Jody Winzelberg, AuD (center left), Chief of Audiology and Director of Rehabilitation Services and the Children’s Hearing Center
About Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
Stanford Children’s Health, with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford at its core, is the largest Bay Area health care enterprise exclusively dedicated to children and expectant mothers. Long recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s best, we are a leader in world-class, nurturing care and extraordinary outcomes in every pediatric and obstetric specialty, with care ranging from the routine to rare, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Together with our Stanford Medicine physicians, nurses, and staff, we can be accessed through partnerships, collaborations, outreach, specialty clinics and primary care practices at more than 45 locations in Northern California and 100 locations in the U.S. western region. As a non-profit, we are committed to supporting our community – from caring for uninsured or underinsured kids, homeless teens and pregnant moms, to helping re-establish school nurse positions in local schools. Learn more at stanfordchildrens.org and on our Healthier, Happy Lives blog. You can also discover how we are Building the Hospital of the Future. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.
About CVS Caremark All Kids Can
All Kids Can, a program of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and CVS Caremark, is a five-year, $25 million commitment to support children with disabilities. The goals of All Kids Can are to support children with disabilities by raising awareness in schools and in local communities about the importance of inclusion, creating greater opportunities for physical activity and play, and providing access to medical rehabilitation and related services. CVS Caremark and its more than 190,000 employees plan to help children with disabilities learn, play and succeed through partnerships with leading local and national nonprofit organizations such as Easter Seals and many others across the country. For more information, visit http://www.cvsallkidscan.com.