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Playroom at New Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Well “Outfitted” Thanks to Support from American Eagle Outfitters

Pittsburgh-based Retailer contributed $150,000 to fund the playroom, as well as more than 200 toys donated by associates

More than 20 American Eagle Outfitters associates are visiting Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC today to deliver more than 200 toys collected from an employee toy drive. In addition to the toy drive, American Eagle Outfitters also is making a $150,000 gift to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation’s capital campaign. The donation, in support of construction costs for the new hospital, will be recognized in the transplant unit playroom.

The donated toys include a Nintendo Wii™ system and video games, a kitchen set, books, arts and crafts supplies, board games, puzzles, and much more. Patients and families from that unit, as well as hospital representatives, will be on hand to accept the donation.

“American Eagle Outfitters’ support of Children’s Hospital is a perfect fit, not only because of the company’s commitment to youth development, but also because of our company’s commitment to the importance of family as part of our corporate culture,” said Joan Hilson, chief financial officer, American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.  “It warms our hearts to help create an environment in which children can enjoy themselves—a place that might lift their spirits and play a part in their healing.”

There are 13 playrooms in the new Children’s Hospital. These are medical-free zones where children can escape from talk of their tests and treatments and engage in fun, age-appropriate, developmentally appropriate activities. The playrooms are staffed by Child Life specialists and assistants.

The playroom supported by American Eagle Outfitters is the larger of two playrooms on the transplant/ICARE unit. Last year, there were approximately 840 inpatient admissions to that unit. The average length of stay for a child undergoing a transplant was 34 days; the length of admission for pre- and post-transplant care averaged 18 days.

“Staying in the hospital for weeks or months, as many of our transplant patients do, makes a well ‘outfitted’ playroom extremely important to our concept of family-centered care,” said Chris Gessner, president, Children’s Hospital. “This wonderful donation from American Eagle Outfitters allows us to offer our patients a first-class playroom where they can find respite from their medical care.”

About American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.
American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. (NYSE: AEO), through its subsidiaries, (“AEO, Inc.”) offers high-quality, on-trend clothing, accessories and personal care products at affordable prices. The American Eagle Outfitters® brand targets 15 to 25 year old girls and guys, with 953 stores in the U.S. and Canada and online at aerie® by american eagle offers Dormwear® and intimates collections for the AE® girl, with 132 standalone stores in the U.S. and Canada and online at MARTIN + OSA® provides clothing and accessories for 28 to 40 year old men and women at its 28 stores. The latest brand, 77kids™ by american eagle™ offers “kid cool,” durable clothing and accessories for kids ages two to 10. AE.COM®, the online home of the brands of AEO, Inc. ships to more than 60 countries worldwide.

About Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Renowned for its outstanding clinical services, research programs and medical education, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has helped establish the standards of excellence in pediatric care. From Ambulatory Care to Transplantation and Cardiac Care, talented and committed pediatric experts care for infants, children and adolescents who make more than 500,000 visits to Children’s and its many neighborhood locations each year.

Children’s also has been named consistently to several elite lists of pediatric health care facilities, including ranking 10th among children’s hospitals (FY 2008) in funding provided by the National Institutes of Health, and is named one of the best pediatric hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-7919 or 412-877-1656,
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April 24, 2015
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April 24, 2015