PHILADELPHIA, June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia today announced the largest charitable donation in its history: a landmark $50 million gift from the Buerger family toward the construction of a new state-of-the-art outpatient facility. Currently under construction on the Hospital's Main Campus in West Philadelphia, the building will be named the Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care.
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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."We are extremely grateful to the Buerger family for this transformational gift, which will ensure that The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia continues to provide the highest level of pediatric care available to children and families in Philadelphia and around the world," said Mortimer J. Buckley, chair, Board of Trustees at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. 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.