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UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland’s Family House Wins IKEA Makeover
As part of the IKEA Life Improvement Challenge, IKEA customers and co-workers voted for local non-profits to receive an IKEA makeover
Oakland, CA (July 17, 2014) – The Family House at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland is the winner of the fourth annual IKEA Life Improvement Co-worker Challenge. As the winner, the Family House will receive IKEA products and design expertise from IKEA Emeryville for a makeover of the 16 residence rooms at the Family House. The makeover will include new mattresses, boxsprings, textiles, artwork and lighting.
“The IKEA makeover of our Family House will allow our families feel more at home while their children are in the hospital,” said Family House Manager Rachele Patin, who submitted the application for the IKEA makeover. “We are thrilled to have been chosen as the winner among many deserving entries.”
“We believe in creating a better everyday life for the many people and by making this contribution, IKEA Emeryville and our co-workers are able to support UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland Family House and their commitment to the health and well-being of children and their families,” said Patrick Francisco-Choa, IKEA Emeryville Store Manager.
The UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland Family House is a home-away-from-home for families whose children are being treated at the hospital. Low-cost lodging, laundry and kitchen facilities as well as continental breakfast are provided.
IKEA co-workers throughout the country at 38 stores and two service offices nominated local non-profit organizations to receive an IKEA makeover of a space that helps to improve the lives of others. Over 100 inspiring nominations from IKEA co-workers were received. A steering committee from each location then selected up to three organizations for IKEA co-workers and consumers to vote for online between March 17 and March 31, 2014. Over 83,000 votes were cast and the winning charities were announced on April 4, 2014 for each location. This year a total of 40 community projects will be supported by IKEA. Runners up will also receive an IKEA gift card as a thank you for participating in this year’s contest. This is the fourth year for the IKEA Life Improvement Challenge. Over the course of this time, over 100 local non-profit organizations have won IKEA makeovers.
About UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland (formerly Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland) is a premier, not-for-profit medical center for children in Northern California, and is the only hospital in the East Bay 100% devoted to pediatrics. UCSF Benioff Oakland affiliated with UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco on January 1, 2014. UCSF Benioff Oakland is a national leader in many pediatric specialties including hematology/oncology, neonatology, cardiology, orthopedics, sports medicine, and neurosurgery. The hospital is one of only two solely designated California Level 1 pediatric trauma centers in the region, and has one of largest pediatric intensive care units in Northern California. UCSF Benioff Oakland has 190 licensed beds, over 500 physicians in 43 specialties, more than 2,600 employees, and a consolidated annual operating budget of more than $500 million. UCSF Benioff Oakland is also a leading teaching hospital with an outstanding pediatric residency program and a number of unique pediatric subspecialty fellowship programs.
UCSF Benioff Oakland’s research arm, Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI), is internationally known for its basic and clinical research. CHORI is at the forefront of translating research into interventions for treating and preventing human diseases. CHORI has 250 members of its investigative staff, a budget of about $50 million, and is ranked among the nation’s top ten research centers for National Institutes of Health funding to children’s hospitals. For more information, go to www.childrenshospitaloakland.org and www.chori.org.
The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea supports this vision by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. There are currently 305 IKEA Group stores in 26 countries. There are 38 IKEA stores in the US. In FY 13, the IKEA Group had 135,000 co-workers, 684 million visitors to the stores and 1.3 billion visitors to IKEA.com. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, see IKEA-USA.com, facebook.com/IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, @DesignByIKEA, http://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA/, www.youtube.com/IKEAUSA, www.theshare-space.com, www.theshare-space.com/en/Blog
Contact: Melinda Krigel
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland