The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has received a $5 million gift from GIANT Food Stores to support construction of the Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care.
The state-of-the-art outpatient facility is scheduled to open in the University City section of Philadelphia in 2015.
In recognition of GIANT Food Stores’ gift, the lobby of the Buerger Center will be named the GIANT Lobby.
“GIANT has built such a powerful legacy of support at CHOP over nearly two decades, and with this incredible gift, there is no more appropriate way to recognize their generosity than to name the lobby of the new Buerger Center in their honor,” said Steven M. Altschuler, M.D., chief executive officer of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
GIANT Food Stores is a top fundraiser in the U.S. for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, which includes The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, through the sale of paper balloon and candle icons in stores.
GIANT has contributed nearly $8.5 million to support patient care at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, as well as the remodeling of Children’s Hospital’s physical therapy gym, now named The GIANT Food Stores Physical Therapy Gym. The $5 million gift brings their total contributions to nearly $13.5 million.
“It’s an honor and a privilege for GIANT Food Stores to support CHOP’s Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care,” said Rick Herring, president, GIANT Food Stores. “We know this gift will have a long-lasting impact on the exceptional care that will be provided there, and it underscores our commitment to improving the quality of life for children.”
The 9,000-square-foot GIANT Lobby at the Buerger Center is designed to be the focal point for family arrivals at the Center and will feature a reception area providing information, directions and assistance to families, according to a press release. The GIANT Lobby will offer views onto a landscaped plaza, with a two-story, glass-walled ramp winding overhead to the second floor.
The Buerger Center 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.