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Bank of America grant helps fund LLUCH shaken baby syndrome education program

A group of people with a big check
Kenneth D. Lewis (third from left), chief executive officer and president of the Bank of America Corporation, presents Loma Linda University Children�s Hospital Foundation with a grant of $30,000 to help fund a shaken baby syndrome intervention and education program for new parents. Participating in the presentation are (from left) Patti Cotton Pettis, executive director, LLUCH Foundation; Kevin Lang, MBA, executive vice president for finance and administration/chief financial officer, Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center; B. Lyn Behrens, MBBS, president and CEO, LLUAHSC; Clare Sheridan-Mattney, MBBCh, medical director, LLUCH child abuse and neglect team; Richard E. Chinnock, MD, chair, department of pediatrics; Rebeca Piantini, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics; Barbara Robinson, Inland Empire market president for Bank of America and chair, LLUCH Foundation board; Patrick Loughlin, Bank of America representative from the San Diego district; and Zareh Sarrafian, MBA, senior vice president and administrator, LLUCH.
Kenneth D. Lewis, chief executive officer and president of the Bank of America Corporation, and Barbara Robinson, executive vice president, consumer banking executive, Pacific Southwest Division and Inland Empire market president for Bank of America, presented Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Foundation with a $30,000 check in mid-September to help fund a shaken baby syndrome (SBS) intervention and education program for new parents.

The program, being implemented at LLU Children’s Hospital, will use a variety of Bank of America-sponsored materials that bedside nurses will use in educating parents on SBS while they are inpatients at labor and delivery waiting for the birth of their child.

“The shaken baby syndrome is a critical focus of Children’s Hospital child abuse prevention program,” says Patti Cotton Pettis, executive director, Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Foundation. “An estimated 50,000 cases of shaken baby syndrome occur each year in the United States. One shaken baby in four dies as a result of this abuse.”

Head trauma is the most frequent cause of permanent damage or death among abused infants and children, and shaking accounts for a significant number of those cases.

Approximately 95 percent of serious head injuries in infants less than the age of 1 year are often from child abuse, as are 80 percent of deaths from head trauma in infants less than the age of 2. In those babies that survive, the cost of care for the first five years averages $300,000 and often exceeds $1 million.

Incidence and prevalence statistics from the Inland Empire demonstrate that SBS is a serious health issue in the San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

“Most hospitals see one to two shaken baby syndrome cases per year; Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital reports an average of 20 cases each year,” Ms. Pettis says.

Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital program is headed by Clare Sheridan-Mattney, MBBCh, medical director of the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital child abuse and neglect team.

During the past several years, the Bank of America has granted nearly $100,000 for various Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital projects.

Mr. Lewis joined the Bank of America family in 1969, and served in a variety of positions in the Bank of America corporation before being named chair, chief executive officer, and president of Bank of America in 2001. In 2002, Mr. Lewis was recognized as Banker of the Year by American Banker and as Top Chief Executive Officer by  U. S. Banker.

Ms. Robinson oversees 90 banking centers in San Bernardino and Riverside counties, and in addition oversees all community relations activities for the Bank of America in the Inland Empire. She is chair of the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Foundation Board and holds leadership roles with several other prominent non-profit organizations within the Inland Empire.

TODAY news for Thursday, September 24, 2004