ATLANTA — April 21, 2011— Arthur M. Blank, co-founder of The Home Depot and owner of the Atlanta Falcons, announced a $3 million gift through The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation to honor his wife Stephanie Blank’s support of the Child Protection Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and her service on the Children’s Foundation Board of Trustees. The Child Protection Center will now be named The Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children.
"I am humbled that Arthur and our family selected child protective services," said Stephanie V. Blank, Children's Trustee. "The Child Protection Center was the first place at Children's I toured more than a decade ago, even before I joined the Foundation Board. When I learned about the care and hope the Center and its staff provide to these vulnerable children, I was committed instantly to supporting the program."
Recognized at a state and national level as a child advocacy center for child abuse and neglect, The Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children promotes the safety and well-being of children through community advocacy and the identification, assessment and prevention of child abuse. The center provides services in a safe, child-friendly environment by a team of professionals with extensive pediatric experience.
“Protection against child abuse, neglect and maltreatment are areas of personal interest and passion for my wife, as well as concerns of our Family Foundation,” said Blank, who chairs The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. “Stephanie has always been a strong advocate for underserved children. In honoring her 12 years of service to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta—the last five as Board Chair of the Children’s Foundation—we want to make a difference in an area about which Stephanie cares deeply.”
"I can think of no better way for Stephanie’s family to honor her and her personal advocacy on behalf of all of Georgia's children," added Douglas J. Hertz, Chairman, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Board of Trustees. "Stephanie's continuing service to Children's and her passion for the well being of all children in our community are invaluable. She is truly deserving of this recognition."
“Every 15 minutes in Georgia there is a new confirmed victim of child abuse or neglect. It’s estimated that one in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before their 18th birthday,” said Jordan Greenbaum, M.D., medical director of The Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children. “Children’s is elated that Mrs. Blank and The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation have taken the lead to help our efforts to provide high quality services to victimized children.”
Blank family members also shared plans for two additional grants during a tour of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. The Family Foundation is donating $150,000 to create a transition patient room in The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Sibley Heart Center. Designed to resemble the home environment, the room will be used by families close to discharge who need time in a less clinical setting to ensure they are prepared to care for their children once they return home. A third grant will enable Children’s to purchase a GlideScope Video Laryngoscope, used for very difficult pediatric intubations. The scope has a small camera to help guide the caregiver by projecting a close-up picture of even the smallest of airways, increasing the chance of a successful intubation and decreasing stress on child and family.
The foundation’s recently announced grants follow a prior $5 million commitment to One to Grow On: The Campaign for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in support of child protection, government affairs and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding.
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About Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a not-for-profit organization, is committed to enhancing the lives of children through excellence in patient care, research and education. Managing more than half a million patient visits annually at three hospitals and 16 neighborhood locations, Children’s is one of the largest clinical care providers for children in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 30 pediatric specialties and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals by Parents magazine and U.S. News & World Report. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children’s has made an impact in the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world. Visit www.choa.org for more information.
About The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation:Formed in 1995, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation promotes positive change in people's lives and builds and enhances the communities in which they live. The Foundation has an especially strong interest in supporting innovative endeavors leading to better circumstances for low-income youth and their families. The Foundation invests in nonprofit organizations strengthening education, preserving green space, sustaining the arts and sparking collaboration among community partners.