Children's Hospital, New Orleans, received a $90,000 donation from Nu-Lite Electrical Wholesalers as part of the company's Energizing New Orleans hurricane recovery program. The gift will be used to purchase equipment and supplies for the hospital's Kids First satellite clinics, which provide primary care to children in underserved neighborhoods.
Nu-Lite teamed up with several of its manufacturers to create the recovery program, which is aimed at generating donations to help New Orleans' local charities and institutions. Nu-Lite co-owner Gary Corrales presented the donation at the hospital.
“Children's Hospital does so much for a lot of people in our community,” Corrales says. “It's always been a stalwart for New Orleans, and we wanted to help give back to the city after this hurricane. Children's Hospital certainly was one of the first names that we thought of. We wanted the money to go to where it could be used best.”
While Children's Hospital's Uptown primary care facility received minimal damage during Hurricane Katrina, three of the hospital's five Kids First satellite clinics were severely damaged by flooding and a fourth was heavily damaged by wind and rain.
Roger Gorman, Children's Hospital's development director, said the hospital's outreach programs are in need of new medical equipment and supplies. Additionally, services provided to children in underserved neighborhoods, including programs such as the Tooth Bus that provides dental care to children in low-income neighborhoods, and the Children's Hospital Assistance Plan, which provides care for children whose parents earn a little too much to qualify for the federal Medicaid program, will be funded.
Manufacturers supporting Nu-Lite's Energizing New Orleans campaign included Square D, Encore Wire, Philips Lighting, Lithonia Lighting, Western Tube, Leviton Manufacturing, Ideal Industries, EGS/Appleton, FCI Burndy, Ferraz Shawmut, Lutron, Advance Transformer and Bridgeport Fittings.
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