For Immediate Release

El Segundo, CA – April 25-29, 2016 is Every Kid Health Week.  In honor of this, California-based Paladin Healthcare and Avanti Hospitals will partner with the National Black Nurses Association’s Ad hoc Committee on Global Health, the Greater Flint Black Nurses Association (NBNA) and the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan to support ongoing relief efforts in Flint, Michigan.

Approximately 100,000 families in Flint have been affected by the water contamination crisis.  This includes roughly 12,000 children who have unjustly been exposed to toxic potable water with high levels of lead. Reports have stated that the percentage of Flint children with elevated blood levels doubled between 2014-2015.

Paladin Healthcare President Joel Freedman is committed to making certain children are healthy and safe.  “What’s happening to the people of Flint—particularly the children—is unfathomable.  We at Paladin Healthcare will do whatever we can to provide both short and long term sustainable solutions for the people of Flint.”

Dr. Eric J. Williams, President, National Black Nurses Association states, “The water crisis in Flint, Michigan has resulted in unexpected health consequences.  Parents are finding that they have special needs for their babies and young children.  The wipes will help stop and prevent the spreading of illnesses that may affect our most vulnerable populations.”

Mike Rembis, FACHE, Avanti Hospitals CEO agrees and believes that charitable giving and partnerships make a direct and positive impact on the health of the people of Flint.  “Working with the National Black Nurses Association, particularly President Williams and Dr. Evers-Manly and the Greater Flint Black Nurses Association, we learned what the community really needs are baby wipes for new borns and young children. They are on the ground, dealing with this crisis daily so they know better than anyone else what’s necessary.  Per, the NBNA, we will donate tens of thousands of boxes of wipes to help.”

The National Black Nurses Association Ad Hoc Committee on Global Health Chairwoman Dr. Shirley Evers-Manly will work with the National Food Bank of Eastern Michigan to make certain the Paladin and Avanti contributions get to the most vulnerable.  “The National Black Nurses Association has over 95 chapters in 34 states committed to this initiative.  We are proud to have Paladin and Avanti—organizations more than 2,000 miles from Flint—support this effort.”

Headquartered in the Greater Los Angeles area, Paladin Healthcare Capital is a mid-sized firm that provides capital and services to over-levered or underperforming health service providers.  Paladin has a strong track record of transitioning these organizations into profitable and sustainable enterprises with a focus on community improvement and engagement.

The National Black Nurses Association’s mission is “to represent and provide a forum for Black nurses to advocate and implement strategies to ensure access to the highest quality of healthcare for persons of color.”

For Press Inquiries:

Brandon Garrett,  310-414-2700 (Paladin)
Millicent Gorham, 301-589-3200 (NBNA)

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