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Four Winds Invitational To Fund Pediatric Training Simulators At Beacon Children's Hospital

June 6th, 2017

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and Four Winds® Casinos are pleased to announce that proceeds from the 2017 Four Winds Invitational will underwrite three patient simulators at Beacon Children's Hospital in South Bend which will assist with educating and training area pediatric healthcare professionals.

"Earlier this spring, Beacon Children's Hospital welcomed its first pediatric patients into a beautiful new facility which provides high quality care," said Kreg Gruber, Chief Operating Officer of Beacon Health System. "The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians has walked every step of the way with us during our journey to provide the best possible healing environment. Year after year, the Four Winds Invitational has been the standard bearer in this effort; we are so grateful to the Pokagon Band, and to Blackthorn Golf Course, for their continued commitment to children and families across our region."

A new training/simulation lab will be outfitted with three Laerdal Patient Simulators to replicate actual scenarios healthcare professionals will find in pediatric care: SimMom, a full-body birthing simulator to facilitate multi-professional obstetrics training; Premature Anna, a 25-week, pre-term baby simulator to instruct professionals on proper care and resuscitation of pre-term infants; and SimJunior, an interactive mannequin which replicates a 6-year-old boy which allows staff to train on both routine scenarios and complications. Additionally, these mannequins can be used for teaching and training parents and caregivers and be taken on the road to train staff at other area hospitals in northern Indiana and southwest Michigan.

"The Potawatomi think of children as the heartbeat of our nation, to be protected and cared for," said John P. Warren, Chairman of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. "Beacon shares this understanding with us and it's why we're honored to support Beacon Children's Hospital through the Four Winds Invitational."

"We are proud of the continued partnership we have with Beacon Children's Hospital. The commitment of the professionals who work there and care for our children is commendable," said Frank Freedman, Chief Operating Officer of Four Winds Casinos. "We are pleased the Four Winds Invitational enables us to give back to the community in such an important way."

To date, proceeds from all associated events have helped construct a multi-story building above the Memorial Leighton Trauma Center for the General Pediatrics Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Newborn Intensive Care unit, and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic. The building, part of the hospital's SHINE Campaign, features extended family rooms, single family rooms, playrooms and teen hideout spaces for patients, Family Enrichment Centers, a rooftop garden, and a butterfly room for families grieving the loss of a child. Funds have also allowed Beacon Children's Hospital to purchase a pediatric ambulance, MedFlight incubator and ultrasound, giraffe warmers for the NICU and virtual reality goggles for pediatric patients.

To learn more about the patient simulators supported by the Four Winds Invitational, contact Ryann DeMoss at (574) 647-2939 or via email at

The Four Winds Invitational takes place Friday, June 9 through Sunday, June 11 at Blackthorn Golf Club in South Bend and is part of the Symetra® Tour – Road to the LPGA®. To learn more about the Four Winds Invitational tournament, contact Tim Firestone of Blackthorn Golf Club at (574) 232-4653, or visit

About the Four Winds Invitational
The Four Winds® Invitational was established in 2012 as part of the Symetra® Tour - Road to the LPGA®, and is sponsored by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and Four Winds® Casinos. It is held at Blackthorn Golf Club, located at 6100 Nimtz Parkway, South Bend, Ind. The tournament features a field of professional women golfers from around the world. More information is available at

About The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians' sovereignty was reaffirmed under legislation signed into law by President Clinton in September of 1994. The Pokagon Band is dedicated to providing community development initiatives such as housing, education, family services, medical care and cultural preservation for its approximately 5,000 citizens. The Pokagon Band's ten-county service area includes four counties in Southwestern Michigan and six in Northern Indiana. Its main administrative offices are located in Dowagiac, Mich., with a satellite office in South Bend, Ind. In 2007, it opened Four Winds Casino Resort in New Buffalo, Mich., followed by Four Winds Hartford in 2011 and Four Winds Dowagiac in 2013. It owns and operates a variety of business via Mno-Bmadsen, the tribe's non-gaming investment enterprise. It broke ground in December 2016 on Four Winds South Bend. More information is available at, and

About Beacon Children's Hospital
Beacon Children's Hospital is the region's only comprehensive children's hospital, treating children with a wide variety of medical and surgical diagnoses from more than 31 referral hospitals throughout southwestern Michigan and northern Indiana. Its world-class team includes pediatric hospitalists and intensivists, registered nurses, child life specialists, art therapist, music therapist, pediatric diabetic educators, pediatric dietitians, social workers, neonatologists, pediatric oncologists, respiratory therapists, clinical nurse specialists, and pastoral care.


Media Contacts:
Melinda Pierce, Big Idea Company, (574) 257-4332,
Jill Klinedinst, Big Idea Company, (574) 257-4332,

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