For Immediate Release

Contact: Lyn Kehoe,505/272-9823;lkehoe@salud.unm.edu

Albuquerque, NM - Three representatives from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, New Mexico Local 611 (I.B.E.W.) attended a management meeting this morning to receive a plaque on behalf of the union and its continued support to UNM Hospitals. For the past seven years, Local 611 has sponsored a citywide softball tournament with all proceeds benefiting UNM Children’s Hospital. In addition, members of the I.B.E.W. have been working to build the new UNM Hospitals Barbara and Bill Richardson Pavilion.

UNMH Human Resources Administrator Jim Pendergast presented the plaque to Local 611 President Carl Condit, representative Pete Trujillo and business manager Chris Frentzel on behalf of CEO Steve McKernan and the entire UNM Hospitals staff. "It’s a great collaboration between the hospitals and the union, and we’re very grateful for their support," said Pendergast. President Carl Condit added, "We’re committed to giving back to our community, and the softball tournament for UNM Children’s Hospital has been a great success. We look forward to continuing this relationship."

This year the I.B.E.W. tourney will be held on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10 at Barelas Railroad Park Softball Complex. More than 40 teams are slated to compete. To date, $35,000 has been raised for UNM Children’s Hospital since the first I.B.E.W. tournament was held in 2000.

In tandem, the hospital and the union are moving forward to build a new level of care right here for the community’s most vulnerable population - its children. UNM Hospitals thanks I.B.E.W. for their continued support.