SALT LAKE CITY, UT — December 6, 2021 —
Altabank™, Utah’s largest community bank, recently announced the first annual Reach Out and Read Virtual Book Drive to run now through December 31. Honoring its long-term partnership with Intermountain Healthcare through a $500,000 donation to its Healthy Kids initiative’s Reach Out and Read program, Altabank is raising funds to distribute children’s books — along with the magic of their stories — to all Intermountain Healthcare pediatric patients.
“We are excited to kick off this book drive as part of our partnership with Intermountain Healthcare’s Reach Out and Read program,” said Stan Sorensen, Chief Marketing Officer at Altabank. “Reach Out and Read recognizes the power of books in a child’s development. Our support is just one piece of the total initiative to provide books for every pediatric patient who comes to an Intermountain clinic. This effort reinforces our commitment to the families — both parents and children — served by Intermountain Healthcare, and represents Altabank’s pledge to create value and stability for our clients and the Utah community, especially during this holiday season.”
The Reach Out and Read program, which helps children ages 6 months to 5 years old, encourages language-rich interactions that improve communication skills, curiosity, memory, patience, empathy, and literacy. It also promotes reading as an opportunity to encourage nurturing relationships and resilience in children and families.
Additionally, Reach Out and Read provides pediatricians an opportunity to discuss, demonstrate and model nurturing reading sessions to families.
Reach Out and Read is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that incorporates books into pediatric care. The program is offered at 41 Utah locations – mostly, Intermountain Healthcare clinics – and benefits more than 75,000 children annually.
“The shared reading experience promotes nurturing relationships for children. This in turn, literally increases the health and resilience of children. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released a policy statement emphasizing the importance of reading together as a way of preventing childhood toxic stress. The AAP called out the Reach Out and Read program as aligning with that support,” said Dr. Neal Davis, pediatrician and medical director of pediatric community-based care for Intermountain Healthcare. “With Altabank’s support, Intermountain Healthcare can help families with limited resources get access to children’s books, as well as teach parents and caregivers how to engage in nurturing activities with their children. Most importantly, this collaboration provides families the tools to make reading and storytelling a part of their daily life and a part of their child’s health in the future.”
To participate in the book drive please visit www.giving.intermountainfoundation.org/altabankbooks4kids.
Altabank, a division of Glacier Bank, is the largest community bank in Utah. Founded in 1905, Altabank provides loans, deposit, and cash management services to businesses and individuals from Preston, ID to St. George, UT. Altabank is owned by Glacier Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: GBCI) a publicly traded regional bank holding company headquartered in Kalispell, MT. GBCI operates divisions in Montana, Idaho, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Arizona, and Nevada. Altabank is a full-service bank, providing loans, deposit and cash management services to businesses and individuals. Altabank’s clients have direct access to bankers and decision-makers who will work to understand their specific needs and offer customized solutions designed specifically to meet them.
About Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital and Model Health System for Children
Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City is a full-service children’s hospital serving Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Montana, and Alaska. Primary Children’s is the only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in the Intermountain West and provides care for children with the most complex injury and illness, including those who require heart, liver, kidney, and bone marrow transplants. The guiding philosophy at Primary Children’s is The Child First and Always®. Primary Children’s is part of Intermountain Healthcare, a nationally-recognized not-for-profit healthcare system based in Utah, and serves as the pediatric specialty teaching hospital for the University of Utah School of Medicine, combining research, training, and excellent care to provide the best health care for children. In 2020, Intermountain Healthcare made a bold promise to build the nation’s model health system for children — a vision for the future of pediatric care that expands Primary Children’s impact, ensuring every child has access to the right care, at the right place, at the right time.
Chief Marketing Officer, Altabank