Smith’s Food & Drug Stores has donated $350,000 to UNM Children's Hospital, part of a larger campaign to support charity health care programs in the Intermountain West. The grocery chain has donated $2 million to children’s hospitals in the region.

Since 2011, Smith’s has donated $955,000 to UNM Children's Hospital. Other hospitals receiving donations in major Smith’s markets include Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City; St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Las Vegas; and Renown Children's Hospital in Reno.

Smith’s is committed to further the mission of each hospital in caring for children battling cancer, heart disease, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, prematurity and other illnesses and injuries, company officials said. Smith's fundraising efforts over the summer made the contribution possible. 

"Smith’s Food and Drug and its customers continue to be one of our most valued supporters in furthering our mission of caring for critically ill and injured children,” said Steve McKernan, CEO of the UNM Health System. “This incredibly generous contribution supports programs that make (UNM Children's Hospital) one of the finest children’s hospitals in the country.”

UNM Children's Hospital is New Mexico's only dedicated children's hospital, where the hospital staff is trained to deliver the most advanced neonatology and pediatric care. Nearly 60,000 children – more than half of whom live outside of the Albuquerque area – receive services each year. The range of care extends from acute illness and trauma to chronic disease and disability.