Children's gets $5M gift from Giant Food

Rendering of the Giant Lobby, to be named for the grocery chain, at Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care now being built at the hospital.
Rendering of the Giant Lobby, to be named for the grocery chain, at Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care now being built at the hospital. (Pelli Clark Pelli Architects, FKP Architects, and Stanley Beaman Sears Architects)
Posted: January 26, 2014

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia announced Friday a $5 million gift from Giant Food Stores L.L.C. toward the $425 million Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care under construction at the hospital's University City campus.

The hospital in June received a $50 million donation toward the outpatient center scheduled to open next year from hospital trustee Reid Buerger and his family, which owns a Fort Washington financial services firm.

In honor of Giant's 20 years of support for the hospital, including $8.5 million through the Children's Miracle Network to support patient care and to remodel the hospital's physical-therapy gym, for a total of $13.5 million, the Buerger Center's 9,000-square-foot lobby will be called the Giant Lobby, the hospital said.

The hospital's goal is to raise $100 million from donations toward the cost of the Buerger Center. The Giant gift brings the total raised to more than $82 million, the hospital said. The hospital itself will pay the rest.

The Buerger Center - which will include a 14,000-square-foot rooftop garden for recreation and therapy, and a 2.6-acre landscaped outdoor plaza - is designed to make it easier for patients to see a series of specialists during one visit.

A child needing comprehensive neurological care, for example, will be able to see a psychiatrist, child-development specialist, neurologist, and psychologist without walking far, because those specialists will be concentrated in "neighborhoods" within the building.

The site's principal architect is FKP Architects, of Houston.

It includes five levels of underground parking, enough for 1,500 cars, the hospital said.


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