Memorial Receives $75,000 from Gulfstream for Children’s Wellness Program

(December 19, 2012) – The Children's Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center received a gift of $75,000 from Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. to support a new children’s wellness initiative.

“Unfortunately, we are seeing a growing number of children with adult diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Often these diseases can be reversed or prevented with better nutrition, but nutrition education is not covered by most insurance plans. This gift from Gulfstream will help us provide valuable nutrition education in our Children’s Hospital outpatient center,” said Eric Pearlman, M.D., Ph.D., medical director of The Children’s Hospital.

"We were fortunate that our childhood wellness and nutrition efforts dovetailed perfectly with Gulfstream's own Live Well, Be Well initiative. Because we house the only Children's Hospital in southeast Georgia, we didn't need to create a new program, we simply needed to bring together the professional expertise that already exists here to help families. Gulfstream's funding, along with that of other private and corporate donors, allows us to roll this program out to many more people,” said Phoenicia Miracle, vice president of the Memorial Health Foundation.

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports the world’s most technologically advanced business-jet aircraft. Gulfstream has produced more than 2,000 aircraft for customers around the world since 1958. The company employs more than 12,500 people at 12 major locations.

Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital, a 610-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary and specialty care physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center. You can follow us at facebook.com/memorialhealth, twitter.com/mymemorial, and youtube.com/memorialhealth.