Saturday, April 10, 2010

Why Highline Medical Center was the first partner of the B-Town Bike Fair

The very first organization that stepped up to support our event this go around was the Highline Medical Center Foundation. Why? Because HMC is a community hospital that serves Burien. A community hospital, we've learned, is a for-profit entity, but one that is also the first line in a community in taking on health issues. They often take on issues that many private regional hospitals can't or won't.

HMC also happens to be opening a brand new state-of-the art ER. For the HMC Foundation this is a perfect year to focus on the health and safety of our community. While HMC is still waging a multi-million dollar capital campaign to complete funding the new ER, they eagerly supported us with the purchase of many of the several bike helmets that we will be able to provide to kids (and maybe a few adults) at the Bike Fair that don't have them. We will have helmet fitters, trained by SafeKids, to ensure helmets are sized and adjusted properly.

Today at the ER grand opening, HMC Foundation gave 150 helmets away. Several Bike Fair organizers were on hand to help staff and SafeKids fit helmets on kids and say thanks for their support of our the B-Town Bike Fair.

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