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Dollar General gives more than $1 million to expansion project at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

June 30, 2011

The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is recognizing Dollar General Corporation for its unwavering support of the hospital’s expansion project. The company is giving more than $1 million to Children’s Hospital’s 33-bed, 30,000-square-foot addition, which is currently under construction. Dollar General’s funds will directly benefit the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

"At Dollar General our mission is serving others, and helping children thrive and succeed is something we are passionate about," said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General chairman and CEO. "We are proud to invest in the Children's Hospital’s expansion efforts and help increase the hospital’s capacity to serve the youngest and most vulnerable members of our community."

The hospital’s expansion, which is slated to be completed in spring 2012, will ease a growing demand for more space and services. The build-out will also increase the capacity to accommodate premature babies born at outlying hospitals who are transferred to Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The unit provides highly specialized, family-centered care to sick and preterm infants and currently admits about 1,300 critically ill newborns each year. 

“We are grateful for Dollar General’s continued support of Children’s Hospital’s expansion project,” said Luke Gregory, chief executive officer for Children's Hospital. “Prematurity is one of the most prevalent childhood diseases in Middle Tennessee. Dollar General’s contributions will allow us to offer comprehensive, quality care to a broader population of infants suffering from preterm birth and other complications.”

Additionally, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has provided support to other services at Vanderbilt, including the Reading Clinic at Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and Books From Birth of Middle Tennessee, a program at Children’s Hospital that provides area children from birth to age 5 with a new book each month.

About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for more than 70 years. Dollar General helps shoppers “Save time. Save money. Every day!®” by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. With more than 9,500 stores in 35 states, Dollar General has more retail locations than any retailer in America. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America's most trusted manufacturers such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg's, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. Learn more about Dollar General at


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Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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