By Dan Wing
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has received the largest donation in the hospital’s history, which will go toward building a new state-of-the-art outpatient facility at the former Civic Center site in West Philadelphia.
Stuart Sullivan, CHOP’s executive vice president and chief development officer, says the $50-million donation from the Buerger family is not only the largest gift in the hospital’s history but also one of the largest naming gifts for a building in Philadelphia.
Sullivan says the Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care is already under construction.
“It initially is going to be a 12-floor facility, and we could potentially expand it up to 16 floors,” Sullivan tells KYW Newsradio. “Initially to be 700,000 square feet, it will be all outpatient care.”
Sullivan says this will be a one-of-a-kind facility.
“The kind of outpatient care that is going to happen in this building is the kind of care that used to require a child to stay in the hospital for some length of time, and we’re now able to do that on an outpatient basis, which is much less of an impact on the family and on the child itself.”
The Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care is expected to open in 2015.