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AGL charity event for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta raises $350,000 over four years

Atlanta Gas Light (AGL) recently held its annual charity golf outing at the Country Club of the South where AGL employee volunteers and partners collaborated to raise $125,597 for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (Children's), one of the nation's premier pediatric medical facilities. This year's contribution brings AGL's total to $350,000 in Children's funding over the last four years.

The event provides the funding needed to continue the research, training and innovation on which Children's has built its reputation. The award-winning pediatric hospital managed more than 1 million pediatric patients last year alone. Specifically, AGL has been a key funding source for Children's anesthesiology team, through whom Children's provides surgery for more than 40,000 kids each year. 

"AGL is helping Children's fulfill our mission "to make kids better today and healthier tomorrow," said Children's Corporate Partnerships Development Officer, Michelle Bennett. "We understand that treating kids is very different from treating adults. Our hospitals are unique, going way beyond traditional medicine to create a healing environment specially designed for kids, and we couldn't do it without support like AGL's." 

Charitable giving is a critical part of Children's commitment to providing the best care possible. Because of support from AGL, Children's anesthesiology team is pushing the envelope in using nerve blocks to prevent pain in children after surgery and has become a national leader in developing new and innovative strategies to combat bleeding in newborn babies and infants who require heart surgery. 

AGL donations have also helped the Children's team:

  • Keep kids safe and comfortable during and after the surgery process
  • Reduce bleeding in the 10,000 babies who require open-heart surgery during the first year of life, resulting in better outcomes
  • Make nerve blocking for pain reduction safer, leading to less of a need for narcotics during recovery 
  • Develop an app that shares critical information with anesthesiologists throughout the U.S. as well as those in third-world countries

"Children's is able to use these funds to research innovative ways to reduce pain in children undergoing extremely invasive surgeries," said AGL President, Bryan Batson. "I'm very proud of the partnership that we've built with Children's and I'm glad that AGL is able to play a role in bringing forth new, cutting edge technologies that benefit children," he added.