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Feb 19 - The USAA Foundation Provides Funding for Child Safety Seats

For Immediate Release

February 19, 2008

Statistics compiled by Safe Kids USA show that each year, an estimated 975 child occupants under 14 years of age die as a result of a motor vehicle incident. Young children restrained in child safety seats have an 80 percent lower risk of fatal injury than those who are unrestrained.

Responding to this concern, The USAA Foundation contributed $27,500 to both Peak Vista Community Health Centers and Memorial Health System to provide child safety seats to families lacking the resources to purchase their own. Peak Vista Community Health Centers and Memorial Health System will give safety seats to families based on financial need.

"The USAA Foundation continues to distinguish itself as a strong corporate philanthropist,” said BJ Scott, CEO of Peak Vista Community Health Centers. “This donation for the purchase of car seats to Memorial and Peak Vista is further evidence of their partnership in the community to help people. The fact that over 75 percent of Peak Vista's 53,000 patients have incomes in the poverty range speaks to what the gift of a car seat will mean to our patients who no longer will have to worry about taking their baby home safely from the hospital."

“We appreciate the generosity of The USAA Foundation in helping us help families in need,” said Larry McEvoy, M.D., Interim CEO of Memorial Health System and emergency-trained physician. “In February of 2007, The USAA Foundation donated $20,000 to Memorial to be used for child safety seats. During the past year, Memorial distributed 374 infant, toddler and booster seats, a great benefit to families to help keep their children safe.”

“We are devastated when we see a child with serious or fatal injuries that could have been prevented had they been properly restrained in a car seat,” says Ken Pippus, M.D., medical director of pediatric trauma at Memorial Hospital for Children. Safety experts remind parents to replace any car seat involved in a crash. “Thanks to The USAA Foundation’s contribution to Memorial, we can replace these seats for families involved in crashes.” 

USAA Foundation

The USAA Foundation, supports organizations that provide services in the areas of education, health and human services, arts and culture, and civic and economic development primarily in the communities where USAA employees live and work USAA is the sponsor of The USAA Foundation.

USAA is a highly competitive financial services company known for its financial strength and outstanding service to its members. USAA owns or manages assets of $96.1 billion and provides insurance, banking and investment products to more than six million members of the U.S. military and their families. Founded in 1922, USAA has nearly 22,000 employees in its San Antonio headquarters and regional offices, including approximately 1100 in Colorado Springs, and is widely recognized as one of the best places to work in America.

Peak Vista Community Health Centers

Peak Vista Community Health Centers is a non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center employing 400 paid staff and supported by numerous volunteer physicians and dentists. Its mission is to provide exceptional healthcare for people facing health access barriers such as insurance, transportation, language and or cultural differences, age, geography and/or childcare. Celebrating 37 years of service to El Paso and Teller counties, Peak Vista annually offers primary medical care and dental services to more than 53,000 residents of the Pikes Peak region. Pregnant women, children and seniors are a focus.  To learn more about Peak Vista Community Health Centers, visit www.peakvista.org.

Memorial Health System

Memorial Health System is a leading employer and provider of comprehensive health services in southern Colorado. As a self-supporting city enterprise, Memorial receives no tax subsidy, yet treats everyone regardless of ability to pay. Being locally-owned and operated means all revenues are reinvested into the hospital and programs to create a healthier community. Memorial continually invests in its people, technology, facilities and practices with the goal of providing excellent service and the most sensitive care to our patients.

Memorial Hospital for Children in Partnership with The Children’s Hospital provides a full range of health care for infants through teens. Services include pediatric emergency/trauma, children’s surgery, specialty clinics, child life therapy, a Pediatric Center, a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

For more information, contact Memorial Health System public relations at (719) 365-5235, Lynn Pelz at Peak Vista Community Health Centers at (719) 228-6606 or Paul Berry at USAA, (210) 913-1562.