The Walt Disney Company to Donates $100,000 and Artwork to Blank Children's Hospital
Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company, announced a donation in the amount of $100,000 to Blank Children’s Hospital, at an unveiling of new Disney artwork.
The artwork that was designed by Walt Disney artists features 110 Disney objects and character silhouettes and is located in the pediatric emergency department. The donation and artwork is part of an initiative to reinvent the patient and family experience in children’s hospitals across the globe by The Walk Disney Company. This initiative will roll out over five years, expanding the Company’s rich legacy of supporting children’s hospitals, which dates back to Walt Disney.
Disney murals and artwork, designed by Walt Disney and painted by Disney artists have long been a staple at Blank Children’s Hospital. In 1944, when the original hospital opened with 80 beds, it featured a playroom decorated with murals featuring Disney-characters and a movie theater showing first-run movies from Disney. The founder of Blank Children’s Hospital, A. H. Blank and Walt Disney were personal friends. Four original Disney murals still proudly hang in Blank Children’s today – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Three Little Pigs, Bambi and Pinocchio.
“The Disney murals have been a large part of the culture and history of Blank Children’s Hospital, and it’s exciting to see the partnership continue more than 70 years later,” said Dr. Steve Stephenson, president, Blank Children’s Hospital. “Patient care is at the center of our mission, and in addition to providing the highest-quality medical care to children, we strive to make the hospital experience as enjoyable and stress-free as possible for every patient and their family.”
About The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries, is a diversified worldwide entertainment company with operations in four business segments: Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, Studio Entertainment, and Consumer Products & Interactive Media. Disney is a Dow 30 company and had annual revenues of $55.1 billion in its Fiscal Year 2017.
About Blank Children’s Hospital
Blank Children’s Hospital is committed to family-centered healing, caring and teaching. With hundreds of doctors, nurses and staff who care for patients from before birth through adolescence, Blank Children’s is a hospital unlike any other. The number of medical specialists, programs and services is constantly growing to improve care and meet the changing health needs of children and families. Blank Children’s Hospital is a provider-based facility of Iowa Methodist Medical Center.