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S&S Tire and Cooper Tire Donate $100,000 to UK Pediatric Hematology-oncology Clinic

Contact: Amanda White

Photo of Tom Dattilo, chairman, president and C.E.O., Cooper Tire & Rubber Company; Vipul N. Mankad, M.D., professor and chair, Department of Pediatrics, UK College of Medicine; Paul Swentzel, president, S&S Tire; and Jeffrey Moscow, M.D. displaying checks
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Tom Dattilo, chairman, president and C.E.O., Cooper Tire & Rubber Company; Vipul N. Mankad, M.D., professor and chair, Department of Pediatrics, UK College of Medicine; Paul Swentzel, president, S&S Tire; and Jeffrey Moscow, M.D., associate professor, Department of Pediatrics and chief Division of Pediatric Hematology-oncology, UK College of Medicine, display a $100,000 check donated by S&S Tire and Cooper Tire for renovation of the UK Pediatric Oncology Clinic.

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"We are honored to help the children of Central Kentucky live longer, healthier and more prosperous lives through the miracles performed every day at the University of Kentucky Children's Hospital and pediatric clinics."

Paul Swentzel,
president, S&S Tire

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May 23, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Thanks to a gift from S&S Tire and Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, University of Kentucky pediatric cancer patients will have a new clinic. Today, S&S Tire and Cooper Tire donated $100,000 toward renovations for the University of Kentucky Pediatric Oncology Clinic.

"Since 1974 S&S Tire has been a partner in all the local communities in which we do business,” said Paul Swentzel, president, S&S Tire. “We have been strong supporters of many charities in Central Kentucky, but our partnership with Mastercraft (a product of Cooper Tire) enables S&S Tire to take our community involvement to another level. We are honored to help the children of Central Kentucky live longer, healthier and more prosperous lives through the miracles performed every day at the University of Kentucky Children's Hospital and pediatric clinics."

“Our association with Children’s Miracle Network began several years ago and has allowed us the privilege of helping children all over America. We are delighted to join our customer, S&S Tire, with this gift to the UK Children’s Hospital and pediatric clinics,” said Tom Dattilo, Cooper’s chairman, president and CEO.

This donation brings UK close to its goal of raising $650,000 to complete phase one of its pediatric clinic renovations, which involves construction of a new Pediatric Oncology Clinic in existing space in Kentucky Clinic.

“With the new Pediatric Oncology Clinic, we will be able to improve patient care and have a quality facility to match the quality of our physicians and nurses,” said Jeffrey Moscow, M.D., associate professor, Department of Pediatrics, and chief, Division of Pediatric Hematology-oncology, UK College of Medicine.

While the Pediatric Oncology Clinic is close to becoming a reality, there is still much fund raising to be completed. The second and third phases of the campaign include renovation plans for all pediatric clinics.

When the current pediatric care area at Kentucky Clinic opened in 1992, there were nearly 40,000 pediatric patient visits per year. Those patients were treated by 27 physicians. Currently, with more than 60,000 patient visits and 50 physicians treating patients, there is a strong need to expand clinic space to meet the needs of young patients and their families.

“There has been tremendous growth in the types of services offered and the number of patients treated during the more than four decades that UK health professionals have provided care for pediatric patients from all of Kentucky’s 120 counties,” said Vipul Mankad, M.D., professor and chair, Department of Pediatrics, UK College of Medicine. “Efficiency is important in a clinical setting, so that patients’ waiting times are minimal and evaluation by physicians, laboratory tests, X-rays, procedures, and treatments are performed in a timely manner. Our goal is to create an environment where medical and psychological needs of children are met and where families can receive support, all in a compassionate manner.”

Fund raising efforts began in October 2001. Phase two of renovation plans will update the existing subspecialty care clinic to provide efficient child- and family-friendly medical care and support. Phase three will provide the necessary renovations to the general Pediatric Care Clinic to create a consistent state-of-the-art atmosphere for all clinical care.

“Community effort is essential to provide support for our pediatric programs,” Mankad said. “Children are not small adults, and they need specialized care. Only with help from donors, can we provide state-of-the-art facilities to cater to the needs of our young patients.”

The new Pediatric Oncology Clinic has been made possible by contributions from the community. In addition to the donation from S&S Tire and Cooper Tire, contributions from Toyota Motor Manufacturing, the friends and family of Jarrett Mynear, Kohl’s
Department Stores
, the Makenna Foundation, McLane Cumberland, and the BLAST will help enhance space and efficiency in the clinic.


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