Northwest Hospitals among Those Receiving Biz Kid$ DVDs for Sick Children

Northwest credit unions have delivered Biz Kid$ box sets to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital and Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane.

Credit unions and the Emmy Award-winning TV show Biz Kid$ are helping 158 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals with the challenge of keeping young patients engaged in education.

Thanks to a partnership between the National Credit Union Foundation and Credit Unions for Kids, all of the nation’s CMN hospitals are receiving box sets which include all five seasons of Biz Kid$.

The Northwest Credit Union Foundation paid for box sets for all of CMN hospitals in the Northwest. Foundation Executive Director Kim Vu and Northwest Credit Union Association Community Manager Jamie Dedmon have already begun distributing the box sets.

The program was broadcast nationally for five seasons. It taught real-world financial reality and showcased young entrepreneurs. The program was produced in a Seattle studio and its launch in 2005 was made possible with funding provided by Northwest credit unions. The end of the television broadcast simply opened a new door for Biz Kid$ to engage students with production of the DVD box sets.

As the DVDs become popular in school classrooms, the NCUF and Credit Unions for Kids partnered earlier this spring with a goal of getting the box sets into all hospitals as well.

When Northwest deliveries began over the past two weeks, the NWCUA’s Dedmon reported “huge excitement” by hospital staff eager to quickly make the DVDs available to the patients.

Joe Dearborn, Senior Director of Credit Unions for Kids, noted the DVDs are yet another example of credit unions’ commitment to CMN hospitals. The credit unions have raised over $110 million for research, medical equipment and other patient needs, and now support their continuing education.

“We are so grateful credit unions continue to go above and beyond for their local CMN Hospitals,” Dearborn said. “Bringing direct financial education to patients and families through Biz Kid$ will truly be a huge benefit to the millions of kids treated at CMN Hospitals each year.”

Questions about this story? Contact Lynn Heider: 503.350.2225, lheider@nwcua.org.

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