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FESTIVAL OF TREES



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This is Chris Redgrave for Zions Bank Speaking on Business.

We are so fortunate to have one of the top children's hospitals in the country right here in Utah, and that's Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City. If you like to support this important medical facility, attend the Festival of Trees at the South Towne Expo Center from November 28 to December 1. All the money raised goes to support charity care and programs because at Primary Children's Medical Center, no child is turned away.

You'll see over 700 trees at the Festival of Trees, and each one has a story. Many people use their tree as a way to heal and give back to the community. One hundred percent of what you see at the festival is donated, and volunteers come from all over the U.S. to help.

Primary Children's Medical Center is one of only 50 freestanding, full-service pediatric hospitals in the United States, and it's the 15th largest. This hospital covers the largest geographical area of any children's hospital in the United States. They serve patients from at least five Western states, including a large portion from Idaho.

At Primary Children's, their motto is "The Child First and Always," and they live this to the fullest. Last year, the hospital provided over $14 million in charity care to cover hospital visits for children in need. Physicians donate their expertise for these types of cases.

The impact of a facility like this is remarkable, not only for the quality of care provided but also for the level of specialty they offer. It's designed to have a different feeling to help their young patients feel comfortable. Of the nation's freestanding children's hospitals, Primary Children's has the seventh highest level of critically ill patients in the nation and yet has the lowest charge per case.

At 42 years, the Festival of Trees is the oldest in the country. It's also the largest event to be held at the South Towne Expo Center. Many people use it as a way to kick off the holiday season.

For Zions Bank, I'm Chris Redgrave, speaking on business.

Festival of Trees Nov. 28 to Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. www.festivaloftrees.org

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