Frequently Asked Questions for Community Partnership Day Friday, 11/15/13

How does the community partnership work between WUOT, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and Delta Dental of Tennessee?

100% of your donation to WUOT will fund our programming and operations. If WUOT receives 400 pledges by 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, Delta Dental of Tennessee will donate $5,000 to Children’s Hospital. This gift will be used to purchase four new automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for Project ADAM Tennessee, a program that places AEDs in schools to save children’s lives. This gift costs WUOT NOTHING because Delta Dental of Tennessee is generously providing the donation to Children’s Hospital. YOUR donation can have double impact: You’ll support public radio AND help provide life-saving equipment to schools.

What is an AED?

An automated external defibrillator is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm. If needed, it can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (heart attack).

Is there a minimum donation amount to qualify as a pledge?

No. EVERY pledge until 8 p.m. counts toward the goal of 400 pledges. If we reach that goal, Delta Dental will donate $5,000 to Children’s Hospital to buy new AEDs that can save a child’s or adolescent’s life.

Does how I donate affect qualification as a pledge?

No! You can donate online or call 974-5500 with your pledge. You can make your pledge via check, bank draft, credit card, or payroll deduction (UT employees).

Why did WUOT form this community partnership?

WUOT is part of this community – we serve our listeners and our listeners’ support helps keep this station on the air. We form special partnerships like this one to help give back to the community that supports us.

What is East Tennessee Children’s Hospital? East Tennessee Children’s Hospital is a private, independent, not-for-profit pediatric medical center. It opened in 1937 with 28 beds and now has 152. Children’s Hospital serves hundreds of thousands of children in more than 16 counties. It also offers programs for kids that you’ll only find at specialty hospitals, such as summer programs, community visits, computers for teens, etc. Children’s Hospital knows it takes more than medicine to make kids well.

Children's Hospital partners with Knoxville Pediatric Cardiology to offer Project ADAM Tennessee. Project ADAM began in 1999 after a series of sudden deaths affecting southeastern Wisconsin high school students, including 17-year-old Adam Lemel. Many of the deaths appeared to be due to ventricular defibrillation. Adam’s parents, Patty and Joe Lemel, and one of his childhood friends collaborated with Children’s Hospital to create this program in Adam’s memory.

Project ADAM provides education and life-saving programs to help prevent/treat sudden cardiac arrest in children and adolescents. AEDs are provided to schools as part of the project, which serves 17 schools in KNOX COUNTY and 22 schools statewide. Info at or

Contact: Ellen Cole,, 865.541.8437

Delta DentalWhat is Delta Dental of Tennessee? Delta Dental of Tennessee was first formed as Tennessee Dental Services Corporation in 1965, and changed its name in 1970. Since then, Delta Dental of Tennessee has grown to become the largest independent dental insurance provider in the state, and has the state’s largest network of practicing, licensed dentists. It is consistently rated among the largest, best, and most efficiently run companies in Tennessee. Part of the company’s core values is to support efforts to enhance the health and wellbeing of those in its community. It supports organizations and causes that work to improve oral health for all in the community, or that generally enhance quality of life, particularly for children. Info at