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Black & Veatch Pledges $2.1 Million to Children's Mercy Hospital

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., May 11, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Black & Veatch today announced it is pledging $2.1 million over five years to Children’s Mercy Hospital to help expand services at the Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine. Black & Veatch’s Charity Golf Tournament today raised $350,000 in support of Children’s Mercy. Proceeds donated to Children’s Mercy from the annual golf event have now surpassed $3 million since its inception 19 years ago.

Black & Veatch’s $2.1 million pledge is from the proceeds of the annual golf tournament, including $350,000 in proceeds from the 2014 tournament.

The Center, whose mission is to be the leading global referral center for the diagnosis, molecular understanding and treatment of inherited childhood diseases, is the first of its kind. Through the support of the Building a World of Difference Foundation and other organizations, hundreds of families affected by unspecified inherited diseases are referred to and treated by Children's Mercy each year.

“The continued advances in genomic medicine here at Children’s Mercy wouldn’t be possible without the dedicated support of great partners like Black & Veatch and their Foundation,” said Charlie Roberts, MD, Executive Medical Director and Executive Vice President, Children’s Mercy. “Their commitment to continued support for the future ensures that our patients and their families can get faster diagnoses and treatment for often elusive genetic diseases.”

The 19th Annual Event was held at the Shadow Glen Golf Club in Olathe, Kan. All proceeds from the event go directly to Children’s Mercy.

“Black & Veatch’s pledge of $2.1 million to support the Children’s Mercy Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine allows the center to expand its focus to include oncology,” said Steve Edwards, Chairman and CEO of Black & Veatch. “Children’s Mercy is providing truly remarkable health care services for children throughout the region and their efforts certainly align with our Mission of Building a World of Difference. The advanced, life-saving services they provide can be counted among the world’s best and they are among the most sought after destinations for pediatric medicine.”

Each year, funds raised through the Black & Veatch tournament are designated for a specific area of need at Children’s Mercy. Funding has also supported the construction and renovations for Children’s Mercy East in Eastern Jackson County and Children’s Mercy Broadway. Support has also been provided to the CARE Clinic, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) equipment, robotic surgery, neonatal intensive care nursery, emergency department and urgent care centers.

Editor’s Notes:

  • Black & Veatch's Building a World of Difference Foundation serves as the platform for participation by the company and its professionals in supporting a variety of philanthropic organizations and programs worldwide.
  • Since its beginning, Black & Veatch and its professionals have been actively involved in supporting community needs. The Foundation builds on the company's history of community involvement by globally expanding Black & Veatch's overall philanthropic role, involvement and impact in our communities. Since its inception Black & Veatch’s foundation has made more than $5.5 million in charitable and educational donations around the world.

About Children’s Mercy
Children’s Mercy, located in Kansas City, Mo., is one of the nation’s top pediatric medical centers. The 354-bed, not-for-profit hospital provides care for children from birth through the age of 21, and has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of “America's Best Children's Hospitals.” For the third time in a row, Children’s Mercy has achieved Magnet nursing designation, awarded to fewer than seven percent of all hospitals nationally, for excellence in quality care. Its faculty of 600 pediatricians and researchers across more than 40 subspecialties are actively involved in clinical care, pediatric research, and educating the next generation of pediatric subspecialists. For more than a century, Children’s Mercy has provided the highest level of medical care to every child who passes through its doors, made possible through generous community support. For more information about Children’s Mercy and its research, visit childrensmercy.org. For breaking news and videos, follow us on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.

About Black & Veatch
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