BY STEVE FISHER
MIRACLES DO happen.
Just ask any parent
whose child has faced a
devastating illness, only
to be saved by the dedicated doctors, nurses
and administrators in
their local Children’s
Miracle Network (CMN)
The Connection spoke with CMN Hospitals president and CEO John Lauck on
the importance of the organization, and
just how vital the funds from donations
are to CMN hospital services.
The Costco Connection: What is the
mission of CMN Hospitals?
John Lauck: The work we do helps support
;; million children who are being treated in
;;; hospitals across the U.S. and Canada.
Without these funds, the hospitals that treat
these kids would have insufficient resources.
Insurance, government, Medicaid—these
things cover a portion but certainly not all
of the necessary costs to treat kids. Without
these funds every year, there are children
who would not live.
CC: What does it take for a hospital to be a
CMN Hospitals member?
JL: First of all, it has to be a not-for-profit
hospital. It also has to be a hospital that has
a significant commitment to treating kids.
What that would mean is that there are
pediatric specialists, neonatologists, hos-pitalists, neonatal intensive care units and
pediatric intensive care unit specialists who
offer advanced medicine capability for kids.
Not every hospital has that. Not every general hospital has that level of sophisticated
care for kids.
CC: Is there one thing that people might
not know about CMN Hospitals?
JL: We did a Harris Poll survey seven years
ago, and we’ve done it every year since, and
we asked, “Do you believe that your local
children’s hospital is in need of any financial
support?” Two-thirds of the respondents
responded “no” or “I don’t know.” The vast
majority of the public does not believe that
these hospitals are in need of any resources.
They believe the insurance pays for it,
Medicaid will pay for it, something else will
pay for it, but they don’t need to take care of
it. It’s not until a parent or grandparent has
a child or grandchild who needs to be treated
that you get into the system and realize that
the resources are necessary. Even
with families who have good
coverage, it doesn’t always
take care of all the need
that their children have
It’s not just on the
pay side, but also necessary equipment,
and some of the soft
services that people
take for granted sometimes. We call them
while a child is in extended
care in the hospital and playtime. Those are critical to the
healing of a child, that they have as
normal a routine as possible.
E R Making miracles
CMN Hospitals balloons help save kids
Often, these children come in under
emergency conditions with their parents,
and even siblings, and sometimes over a great
distance. They may have to travel miles to
get to the right children’s hospital, and then
they’re there for six months. It’s difficult,
particularly if the parents have to
go home and split duties and travel back
If you go into a progressive children’s
hospital today, you will almost always see a
family area in addition to the patient area:
a sofa that folds out into a bed, a shower, a
bathroom facility where the family can literally be there almost ;;/; with their child.
A lot of the money that’s raised goes to the
things that no one else is willing to pay for.
CC: What is CMN Hospitals’ connection
JL: We’ve been partners, wonderful partners, since ;;;;. Costco participates in a
monthlong fundraising campaign every
May. Since ;;;;, Costco has raised more
than ;;;; million with us. Last year that
amount was ;;;.; million in the U.S. and
Canada. That goes an awful long way toward
helping and treating a lot of kids. C
CMN Hospitals patient
JaKiah Collins, age 9,
with her mom, Crystal.
Every May, colorful CMN Hospitals balloons
are available at Costco registers in the
warehouses. Buy a balloon as a donation
and help a child.
Left: CMN Hospitals patient Carly Kudzia,
age 7, and her mom, Heather. Right: CMN
Hospitals patient Nathan Ferrell, age 10, and
his mom, Amber.
OUR DIGITAL EDITIONS
Click here for a video about CMN
Hospitals. (See page 10 for details.)