CHOP gets $5M gift from Giant Food

Artist rendering of the "Giant Lobby" in The Children?s Hospital of Philadelphia's $425 million Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care, under construction on the institution?s University City campus.
Artist rendering of the "Giant Lobby" in The Children?s Hospital of Philadelphia's $425 million Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care, under construction on the institution?s University City campus.
Posted: January 26, 2014

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

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

In honor of Giant's 20-year's of support for CHOP, including $8.5 million through the Children's Miracle Network to support patient care at CHOP 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, CHOP said.

CHOP's goal is to raise $100 million from donations toward the cost of the Buerger Center. The Giant gift brings the total raised so far 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 building'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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