Feb. 1, 2023 | iCare Newsletter
by Foundation Staff

It’s a Miracle that will Benefit Children

Hoops Family Children’s Hospital enters partnership with WVU Medicine Children’s and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®.

In an historic gathering on April 28, 2021, Hoops Family Children’s Hospital entered into a clinical affiliation with WVU Medicine designed to promote effective and efficient access to one another’s programs, capabilities and best practices. Together, they share the goal of providing an enhanced level of high-quality, affordable and accessible, comprehensive care for the children and families of West Virginia and the surrounding region.

Hoops Family Children’s Hospital and WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital will partner to raise funds for the children and families who seek care at their respective hospitals. Hoops Family Children’s Hospital will benefit from Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals® fund-raising under the umbrella of WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital, which has been the state’s only CMN hospital for more than three decades. CMN is a national organization that raises funds and awareness for its 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada.

This new collaboration will help grow and maintain nationally recognized pediatric care at Hoops Family Children’s Hospital in Huntington and WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital in Morgantown.

The affiliation with WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital was announced as an important milestone in better serving the thousands of children throughout the southern West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southern Ohio region.

“We are grateful to join our colleagues at WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital in this initiative to increase funds and awareness for two West Virginia children’s hospitals that enhance the high quality care for children in our region,” said Melanie Akers, Director of the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital.

“When a child is injured or becomes ill, it causes a great deal of stress for the family. Finding the appropriate health care for that child should not be an additional stressor. Through this partnership, we are ensuring that families all across West Virginia and the surrounding region have convenient access to high quality health care in all corners of the state,” Albert L. Wright, Jr., President and CEO of West Virginia University Health System, stated.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals that support the health of 10 million kids each year across the U.S. and Canada. Donations go to local hospitals to fund critical lifesaving treatments and healthcare services, along with innovative research, vital pediatric medical equipment and child life services that put kids’ and families’ minds at ease during difficult hospital stays. It also provides financial assistance for families who could not otherwise afford these health services.

Three-quarters of the hospitals’ young patients receive some sort of government assistance. By Hoops Family Children’s Hospital and WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital joining together, each community can support its local children’s hospital via a number of CMN Hospitals’ partner campaigns.