Mike Miller Donates $1 Million to Sanford Children's

Announcement Made During Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Children's

Hospital Building

May 23, 2007, 01:00 ET from Sanford Children's Hospital

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D., May 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Many children view him as a
 hero because of his skill as a basketball player and his numerous
 charitable and volunteer efforts. Today, children around the country have
 another reason to think of Mike Miller as a hero. Sanford Health announced
 today during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new children's hospital
 building that Mitchell, South Dakota native and NBA player Mike Miller and
 his wife Jennifer are donating $1 million to help ill children. The money
 will establish the Mike and Jennifer Miller Endowment Fund, which will
 provide support for Sanford Children's Hospital. Out of tremendous
 gratitude, Sanford has named its pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) the
 Mike and Jennifer Miller Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
     "Everybody in South Dakota knows Mike as a basketball player," says
 Sanford Health President and CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft. "Mike and Jen will long
 be remembered for their charity and philanthropy. Mike's basketball life is
 being used for much more than what people see... he and Jen are going to
 directly impact the lives of children and families. Mike and his family are
 a blessing to our region and its people."
     Sanford Health officially broke ground on a new Sanford Children's
 Hospital building today during a ceremony in Sioux Falls. With an
 anticipated completion of 2009, this new building will provide inpatient,
 outpatient and clinic services for pediatric patients and their families in
 a family-centered environment designed to meet the unique healing needs of
 children. A leader in children's healthcare for nearly a century, Sanford
 Children's will continue to revolutionize healthcare with this new facility
 and the care provided by the most comprehensive and diverse team of
 pediatric physicians, pediatric staff and services in the region. The new
 building will also serve as a home base for five new pediatric clinics to
 be built in North America in the next ten years.
     Miller joins several other donors who have the desire to help children
 when they are most vulnerable. Mr. Denny Sanford began the dream of a new
 children's hospital building with his donation of $16 million in 2004.
     "Jennifer and I are blessed to have the opportunity to contribute to
 the Sanford Children's Hospital during its groundbreaking phase," says Mike
 Miller. "The gift not only reflects a continuing commitment to my home
 state of South Dakota, but also acts as a reminder to Jen and myself for
 our enormous good fortune in having two happy and healthy sons. Hopefully
 in this small way we can spread our blessings to others in need."
     Mike Miller is a six-year NBA veteran and current member of the Memphis
 Grizzlies. This past week, he was chosen to join other top NBA players on
 this summer's Team USA. Miller participates in many charitable and
 volunteer efforts including the Mike Miller Foundation. His foundation
 encourages kids to enjoy a healthy lifestyle, and provides aid to
 disadvantaged or disabled children. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two
 sons, Mason and Mavrick.

SOURCE Sanford Children's Hospital