Primary Children’s Medical Center: Pennies By the Inch

From September 15 to October 15 thousands of volunteers will go door-to-door asking friends and neighbors to donate to Pennies by the Inch, benefitting children at Primary Children’s Medical Center.

Pennies by the Inch continues an 87-year tradition of providing medical care for children. Children once donated Birthday Pennies in a bank that resembled Primary Children’s Hospital. In 1975, Birthday Pennies and the Penny Parade became Pennies by the Inch. Today, just as long ago, volunteers ask neighbors and friends to “measure their heart” to help children.

Primary Children’s cares for all children regardless of their family’s ability to pay. Last year the hospital expended over $13.3 million to cover more than 13,000 hospital visits. Every
penny raised by Pennies by the Inch goes directly to help children. Physicians at Primary Children’s donate their services to charity care patients.
As the only full-service children’s hospital in the Intermountain West, Primary Children’s Medical Center offers cutting edge care in over sixty subspecialties, from diabetes to Down syndrome, and asthma to orthopedics. The hospital’s 252 beds hold the most critically ill and injured children in a five-state area who require the most sophisticated care. In addition, Primary Children’s is one of only ten Pediatric Trauma One hospitals in the nation.

Contributions can be made to the volunteer who knocks on each door, or sent directly to Primary Children’s Medical Center Foundation, P.O. Box 58249, Salt Lake City, UT 84158. For more information, call the Foundation at 801.662.5965 or visit to donate online.

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