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Food Lion has pledged $1 million to fund the construction of a building where ill and injured children across the central Virginia area will receive state-of-the-art care. The grocer’s six-year commitment to the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital will help fund the Barry and Bill Battle Building and related programs in health and wellness.
Within the Battle Building, a neighborhood model of care will unite key services and specialists for the ease and convenience of families. The new facility will consolidate children’s outpatient care in a family-friendly setting. Currently, children who visit various UVA specialty clinics may travel to as many as five locations spread over three miles. Space for children’s services in the new building will total about 82,000 square feet and include around 75 exam rooms. The basement level of the building will house an ambulatory surgery center, with a dedicated entrance and waiting room for children. Part of the ground floor will include retail space.
“The Barry and Bill Battle Building will be an integral part of advancing UVA Children’s Hospital’s continuum of care, allowing us to further strengthen our commitment to children and families of this community and the region,” noted R. Edward Howell, VP and CEO of the UVA Medical Center in Charlottesville.
The pledge comes as a result of a network of stores in the region working together to raise money through community events, employee donations, and in-store customer campaigns. Food Lion earlier funded the renovation of what is now known as the Food Lion Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UVA Children’s Hospital. For many years, the chain has also backed the annual UVA Children’s Hospital Telethon, both financially and in volunteer time.
“Food Lion is committed to serving the communities in which we operate,” said Kyna Foster, director of community affairs for Food Lion LLC. “Through generous donations from a variety of fund-raising efforts, Food Lion continues to serve children and families in the central Virginia community. Since 2001, Food Lion has provided more than $2 million in financial assistance for children’s health care initiatives through its partnership with the UVA Medical Center.”
Construction of the Battle Building is expected to begin in 2010, with an additional $17 million in private support still to be raised. The building is named for Barry and Bill Battle, longtime supporters of children’s health in the area.
Food Lion, LLC is a subsidiary of Brussels-based Delhaize Group. Salisbury, N.C.-based Food Lion LLC operates over 1,300 supermarkets, either directly or through affiliated entities, under the Food Lion, Bloom, Bottom Dollar Food, Harveys and Reid’s banners. The chain employs about 74,000 associates in 11 southeast and mid-Atlantic states.