Kohl's, University Health Care Team Up To Bring Utah Students To BODY WORLDS 3 Exhibition

Kohl's, University Health Care Team Up To Bring Utah Students To BODY WORLDS 3 Exhibition

Oct 15, 2008 12:00 PM

SALT LAKE CITY — Oct. 15, 2008 — Today, officials from University Health Care and Kohl’s Department Stores announced a new partnership that will enable thousands of students to experience the BODY WORLDS 3 exhibition at The Leonardo.

Kohl’s Department Stores named University Health Care as its community hospital partner and presented the health system with a $286,700 donation. University Health Care will use the donation to fund educational programming and school field trips to BODY WORLDS 3 at The Leonardo. Approximately 100 junior high and high school students, their teachers, and other educators were present for the announcement and check presentation made this morning at The Leonardo.

Kohl’s donation is made possible through its Kohl’s Cares for Kids program where net profits from the sale of special merchandise supports children’s health and education. Through 2007, Kohl’s raised more than $102 million for such initiatives nationwide. The program also includes the Kohl’s Kids Who Care Scholarship program for youth volunteers, fundraising gift cards for local schools and nonprofit groups, and an associate program to encourage volunteerism.

Today’s donation is part of an ongoing relationship between University Health Care and Kohl’s to fund children’s health initiatives in the community through their Healthy Body-Healthy U program.         

"We are pleased to partner with Kohl’s to bring students from communities across the state of Utahto see the BODY WORLDS exhibition. This exhibit is an incredible educational tool that allows students to gain a greater respect for their bodies and an appreciation for their health,” said Quinn McKenna, chief operating officer for University Hospitals & Clinics. “Kohl’s shares in the educational mission of University Health Care, and we look forward to our continued partnership.”

Up to 30,000 students can attend Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS 3 & The Story of the Heart at a significantly reduced field trip rate of $2, instead of $8. Transportation stipends will also be awarded according to the distance schools must travel to attend the exhibition. Special pricing and stipends are available on a first-come-first-served basis by calling 801/220-1100.

“We thank Kohl’s and University Health Care for giving us the opportunity to offer so many students and teachers the chance to visit BODY WORLDS,” said Alexandra Hesse, The Leonardo’s exhibits and programs manager. “In a time of budget cuts and high transportation costs, we hope this funding will enable schools that might not otherwise be able to attend the exhibition, the opportunity to experience this once-in-a-lifetime educational event.”

                                                                                  

Kohl’s Department Stores

Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a family-focused, value-oriented specialty department store offering moderately priced, exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty and home products in an exciting shopping environment. By the end of November, Kohl’s will operate 1,004 stores in 48 states. A company committed to the communities it serves, Kohl’s has raised more than $102 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares for Kids® philanthropic program. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.kohls.com.

 University Health Care

University Health Care is the only academic health care system in the Intermountain West. As part of that system, University Hospitals & Clinics offer services in more than 120 specialties and is consistently ranked as one of the country’s best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. The system provides care for Utahns and residents of five surrounding states in a referral area encompassing more than 10 percent of the continental United States. The hospitals and clinics see more than 900,000 outpatient visits and over 24,000 inpatient admissions each year. Its academic partners at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy, and Health are internationally regarded research and teaching institutions. For more information, visit www.healthcare.utah.edu

 Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS: The Original Exhibition of Real Human Bodies

BODY WORLDS is a collaboration between donor, anatomist and visitor. It is the only public anatomical exhibition that relies on the generosity of body donors—individuals who willed that upon their death, their bodies could be used for the education of many. Excluding a small number of specimens from museum anatomical collections and anatomy programs, the plastinates on display stem from a body donation program begun in 1983 by Dr. von Hagens, now managed by the Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg. The exhibitions have now been seen by more than 25 million people around the world.

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Media Contacts

Chantelle Turner
University Health Care Public Affairs
Phone: (801) 581-7387
Email: chantelle.turner@hsc.utah.edu
Lisa Davis
The Leonardo
Phone: (801) 230-9399
Email: lisadjames@att.net

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