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King University Donates Books to Holston Valley Medical Center NICU

BRISTOL, Tenn., Feb. 19, 2018 – King University announced a donation of 156 children’s books to the Holston Valley Medical Center (HVMC) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in honor of Kingsport’s 100th anniversary.

“The Downtown Kingsport Association requested all of its members to do something to honor Kingsport’s 100th anniversary,” said Erica Seals, Territory Manager and Enrollment Counselor at King University. “To highlight education, King’s faculty and staff for the Kingsport campus determined a book drive for Holston Valley’s new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit would be a great way to honor the city of Kingsport. Thanks to the efforts of faculty, staff, students, and alumni, 156 children’s books were collected and donated to the NICU.”

“These wonderful donations were distributed to NICU and pediatric patients [and their] families,” said Suzanne Eller RN-BC, associate clinical leader for Women’s and Children’s Departments at Holston Valley Medical Center. “These books were able to be given out at discharge in order to promote family bonding with our Pediatric patients and NICU infants through reading. Hospitalized children have increased anxieties related to this thus children tend to calm and focus better when a book is read to them. We use different books in our Pediatric treatment room to divert attention away from unpleasant procedure. We have been able to highlight Kingsport’s Centennial with these donations also.”

King’s Kingsport campus collected books throughout the spring and fall semesters in 2017. Seals commented that faculty and students from all of King’s campuses along with alumni were all supportive during the campaign. “Sometimes what may seem like the smallest act of kindness can make a big difference. Bringing a little joy to families and their children during difficult times makes it all worth it. We hope to continue with our book drive in the future,” said Seals.


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