Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia recognizes Giant Food Stores for $5 million leadership gift
PHILADELPHIA — The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia on Friday hosted an event to announce a $5 million leadership gift from Giant Food Stores to support construction of the Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care, an outpatient facility scheduled to open in the University City section of Philadelphia in 2015. Giant Food Stores’ contribution punctuates nearly 20 years of philanthropic support for patient care programs at Children’s Hospital. 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,” stated Steven Altschuler, CEO of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “The Giant Lobby will be the most visited, and most visible, space in the building. We deeply appreciate Giant’s significant investment in this project and their longstanding commitment to helping children enjoy healthy futures."
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. Today’s announcement 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,” commentedd 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. Filled with natural light, 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 for Advanced Pediatric Care was announced in June 2013 with a landmark gift from the Buerger family of Pa. to name the facility. 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.
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 be utilized 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.
The Buerger Center will be environmentally friendly, with a targeted LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Five levels of underground parking will accommodate 1,500 vehicles, enough for Children’s Hospital’s entire South Campus.
Six cities score grant awards for childhood obesity prevention
WASHINGTON — The United States Conference of Mayors announced winners of the 2014 Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards. The grant awards went to cities with outstanding programs that encouraged balanced diet choices and regular physical activity to maintain healthy weight.
The following cities were recognized:
- Dallas, Texas;
- Denver, Colo.;
- Little Rock, Ark.;
- Monrovia, Calif.;
- Waterbury, Conn.; and
- York, Pa.
The grant program is the result of a partnership formed between USCM and the American Beverage Association. It also includes a national public awareness campaign and connects mayors with cost-effective strategies to successfully reduce childhood obesity in their cities.
“Combating childhood obesity has become a top priority for mayors in their cities,” Tom Cochran, CEO and executive director of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, said. “The best available science demonstrates that children with health problems related to overweight and obesity unfortunately not only fall far behind in school, but also can’t compete in the workforce. And that’s why we’re so proud of our partnership with the American Beverage Association, to support the pioneering strategies that mayors and cities are coming up with to eradicate childhood obesity.”
Walgreens partners with family support group Tomorrow’s Child
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Family support group Tomorrow’s Child recently partnered with Walgreens stores across Michigan, according to the company.
Supporters of Tomorrow’s Child can help more babies reach their first birthdays by visiting Walgreens in January and purchasing $1 or $5 "pin-ups" at any of its 230 Michigan stores.
"Tomorrow’s Child is excited for the new partnership and praises Walgreens for its willingness to educate Michigan citizens about the importance of safe sleep for our babies," said Sarah Scranton, Tomorrow’s Child CEO. "We encourage all of our supporters to visit Walgreens during the month of January. It’s an easy way to support our mission as you make your everyday purchases."
All proceeds will provide safe sleep educational outreach materials and support families affected by infant deaths.
Founded in 1994, Tomorrow’s Child is in its 20th year of supporting parents and families coping with the loss of an infant and working to prevent future infant deaths.