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Bank of America Grants $50,000 to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Monday, Sep 23, 2013

Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington

Nemours Fund for Children’s Health, the philanthropic arm of Nemours, has announced a $50,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children to support a family-centered environment in the hospital’s new emergency department, set to open in 2014 as part of a major facility expansion.

The grant is part of a $849,000 philanthropic investment in Delaware by Bank of America that includes initiatives to build and rehab affordable housing, offer foreclosure prevention services and homeowner counseling, and provide economic opportunity intended to invigorate and rejuvenate neighborhoods.

The hospital’s emergency department had more than 52,000 visits in 2012, a number which is growing at about five percent annually. “Our current facility was built in the 1980s and designed to serve about 20,000 children a year,” said John Loiselle, MD, Director of Emergency Services. “The new department will increase in size from 29 to 44 beds and be designed for efficiency and rapid decision-making, as well as patient comfort and privacy.”

Funding from Bank of America will help to create a family-friendly environment in emergency, with comfortable waiting areas, interactive features for children and a welcoming atmosphere.

“We are grateful for this generous support from Bank of America, which builds on previous support for the hospital’s expansion. It will increase our ability to provide a family-centered emergency department that is equipped to meet the needs of our community,” said Lori J. Counts, Managing Director of the Nemours Fund for Children’s Health.


About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in six states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens, KidsHealth.org, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours ReadingBrightstart.org is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.