KTAR, Arizona Sports host annual Phoenix Children’s Hospital fundraiser

Aug 17, 2020, 4:05 AM

(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Children's Hospital)...

(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Children's Hospital)

(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Children's Hospital)

PHOENIX — Phoenix Children’s Hospital treated more than 200,000 patients last year. There were more than 375,000 outpatient visits and 98,000 emergency room visits.

The hospital needs your help to continue its lifesaving work.

This week, the 12th annual Phoenix Children’s Hospital Give-A-Thon, presented by The Valley Hyundai Dealers, takes place on KTAR News 92.3 FM and 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.

The event will air at various times on all shows throughout the week, Monday–Friday between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. on KTAR News 92.3 FM and between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.

Every show will dedicate one segment per day to the hospital and its services.

“The need at Phoenix Children’s is extraordinary, and will continue to be. Children are diagnosed daily with cancer, our emergency room continues to see record numbers of visits and our hospital beds are filled,” the hospital said in a statement. “Phoenix Children’s Hospital still has a responsibility to serve, heal and save our children. We simply can’t do it without you.”

The hospital is looking for Champions of Hope to pledge $20 per month.

Those who do will have a teddy bear delivered to a patient in their name on the TRANE Teddy Bear Express. They will also receive a choice of a Papa John’s voucher for two medium pizzas or a Cobblestone Auto Spa full-service car wash.

This year, PCH is also looking for extra help from businesses due to the coronavirus.

Its Tele-Health Program will allow scheduled physician visits with patients and families, and allow virtual meetings with medical providers to ensure the health and safety measures for all involved.

The Patient and Family Hardship Fund provides emergency relief for families going through economic hardship while dealing with medical troubles.

More than 56% of the hospital’s families live at or below the federal poverty line. The Meal Assistance Program helps provide affordable meal plans for those who are not equipped for the expenses to eat outside the home.

PCH, which has 433 beds, consistently ranks among the best hospitals in U.S. News & World Report. It has Arizona’s only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center, which means critically injured kids typically have better outcomes and lower mortality rates. The hospital’s Barrow Neurological Institute’s epilepsy center achieved the highest rating, and it has one of the country’s top 20 neonatal intensive care units.

The hospital is expanding. In January, it opened a new clinic on the Dignity Healthy Mercy Gilbert campus.

Additionally, the hospital continues to look for funding for programs including 1 Darn Cool School, Child Life Zone, Braeden’s Playground, Emily Center Family Health Library and the expanded emergency department.

The hospital’s expanded emergency department, which opened a year ago, provides state-of-the-art care and service up to 100,000 patients annually.

Call 602-933-4567, text “GIVE” to 411923 or 620620, or visit here to donate and receive more details.

As the the largest radio hospital fundraiser in the country, the fundraiser last year broke a record with $1.8 million in donations over the 19 hours. Since 2009, it has raised more than $14.5 million.

With hundreds of thousands of patients and visits, PCH continues to need help, particularly as the coronavirus creates uncertainty and extra expenses in the healthcare system.

Be a Champion of Hope next week and help save lives.

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KTAR, Arizona Sports host annual Phoenix Children’s Hospital fundraiser