CHOP Gets $50 Million for Advanced Care Center
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will announce on Tuesday its biggest gift ever: $50 million toward the $425 million cost of an outpatient center rising on the institution’s University City campus.
The Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care, named for a family that owns a Fort Washington financial-services firm, will become the hub for complex outpatient care in the hospital’s network in Southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
The donation is part of a $100 million capital campaign to help pay for the facility, expected to open in 2015. Remaining costs will be paid through additional philanthropy and money from operations.
The hospital put out its own announcement:
This is not only the largest gift in the Hospital’s history, but also one of the largest naming gifts for a building in Philadelphia. The family gift, made by Alan and Constance Buerger, Reid and Krista Buerger, and Grant Buerger, marks a milestone in the Hospital’s $100 million capital campaign to fund the new outpatient facility.
Currently under construction, the 700,000 square-foot Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care will feature 12 floors of integrated clinical care facilities and patient, family, and visitor amenities. At its projected opening in 2015, it will be the most advanced outpatient pediatric medical facility in the world, designed for the ideal patient experience.
Spacious waiting rooms for families will be filled with natural light and dotted with “wait, play, learn” areas to provide patients and their siblings a venue for educational toys and games. A relaxing 14,000 square-foot roof garden will afford space for recreation as well as rehabilitation sessions, while a 2.6-acre landscaped outdoor plaza will offer a safe open area for play, entertainment and emotional recharging.