NEWS RELEASE

October 2, 2007

Contact: Hazel Tull-Leach (505) 277-5685

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The UNM Hospital Service League recently presented a check in the amount of $250,000 to Hazel Tull-Leach, Executive Director of Development, UNM Hospitals. This check represents their final payment on a 4-year, million dollar pledge to the UNM Children’s Hospital, Barbara and Bill Richardson Pavilion.

The UNM Hospital League is the first organization to pay off a $1 million plus pledge to Barbara and Bill Richardson Pavilion at UNM Hospitals.

The UNM Hospital Service League’s primary purpose is to promote and advance the welfare of the UNM Hospital through methods approved by the Hospital CEO and to support Hospital volunteer services. Membership is open to all men and women, 18 years or older, who are interested in volunteering for the Hospital. Members support many activities such as the HA HA Cart (which brings smiles, magazines and books to patients), book scholarships, the Milagro Program and the Cuddler Program. Membership fees start at $8.00 for an active membership and go up to $50 for a Patron Membership.

"We cannot thank the Service League members enough for their dedication to the care our patients are receiving," said Steve McKernan, CEO for UNM Hospitals. "Their generosity has resulted in many new areas designed to help treat the whole child and not just their illnesses."

For more information on how you can become a member of the UNM Hospitals Service League, please contact the Volunteer Office at (505) 272-2356.

UNM Children’s Hospital

The UNM Children’s Hospital is a valuable asset to all of New Mexico’s youngest citizens. The hospital provides medical treatment to children throughout the state and provides state-of-the-art services to children in need. It has the highest level trauma unit for pediatrics in New Mexico and the only facility in the state offering pediatric oncology treatment.