CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Children’s Memorial Hospital announced today that The Kenneth and Anne Griffin Foundation has committed $16 million to establish an emergency care center at its new facility, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The hospital, to be located on the campus of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in downtown Chicago, will be a state-of-the-art facility, housing world-class pediatric medicine and research when it opens in the summer of 2012.
“The Griffins’ gift will be instrumental in helping us create one of the most sophisticated, technologically advanced pediatric emergency care centers in the nation,” said Patrick M. Magoon, President and CEO of Children’s Memorial Medical Center. “We are inspired by this gift and what it means for our patients.”
The Kenneth and Anne Griffin Foundation gift is the fifth largest contribution in Children’s Memorial history. The funds will be used to create The Kenneth and Anne Griffin Emergency Care Center, named in recognition of the Griffins’ generosity and foresight. This innovative facility will provide emergency care for thousands of acutely ill and injured children each year, sustaining the hospital’s position as a national leader in pediatric emergency medicine.
“A state-of-the-art emergency care center can be the difference between life and death for critically ill patients,” said Anne Dias Griffin, who co-heads The Kenneth and Anne Griffin Foundation with her husband, Kenneth Griffin. “This center will be vital for protecting the health and well-being of the children in our community and we are excited to be part of this important initiative.”
Anne Dias Griffin has been a member of the Children’s Memorial Medical Center and Children’s Memorial Foundation Board of Directors since 2005. She also serves on the Investment Committee.
“One of the major reasons for Chicago’s success as a place to live, work and visit is its civic-minded business community. And that’s why I’d like to extend my gratitude to The Kenneth and Anne Griffin Foundation for its generosity to the children of Children’s Memorial Hospital, to their families and to our City as a whole,” said Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. “By working together, this gift is a wonderful example of what our residents and business leaders can accomplish for future generations.”
The Kenneth and Anne Griffin Emergency Care Center will substantially increase the hospital’s emergency care capacity and improve patient response times. It will more than double the current number of examination rooms and major trauma/resuscitation beds, and will expand the triage area to allow rapid assessment of arriving patients, minimizing waiting times. The new facility will be supported by the latest technology, including dedicated diagnostic radiology suites and a CT scanner.
“This is an opportunity to expand the hospital’s capabilities through an unparalleled emergency care center,” said Kenneth Griffin. “It is our sincere hope that many other individuals, foundations and corporations will join us in supporting this extraordinary cause.”
More than 65,000 children receive care in Children’s Memorial’s emergency department each year. It is projected that more than 75,000 children will be treated in The Kenneth and Anne Griffin Emergency Care Center at Lurie Children’s during its first year of operation.
About Children’s Memorial Hospital
Chicago’s Children’s Memorial Hospital is recognized as one of the top pediatric hospitals in the country in rankings published in U.S. News and World Report. Its physicians are on the faculty at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. The hospital is currently engaged in the Heroes for Life campaign to raise at least $600 million to help create Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and support its medical and nursing professionals, programs and research. A not-for-profit organization, Children’s Memorial relies on philanthropy to help provide care to more than 140,000 patients and their families every year.
About The Kenneth and Anne Griffin Foundation
The Kenneth and Anne Griffin Foundation was established in 2009. Leaders in the global financial community, Mr. Griffin is the founder of Citadel Investment Group and Mrs. Griffin is the founder of Aragon Global Management, both headquartered in Chicago. The Kenneth and Anne Griffin Foundation is a non-profit organization with a focus on education, science and the arts. The foundation funds innovative programs with an emphasis on seeking solutions to society’s greatest challenges. Earlier this year, The Kenneth and Anne Griffin Foundation provided $10 million to fund The Griffin Early Childhood Center in Chicago Heights, Ill., a multi-year initiative to create and cultivate programs and strategies that improve education.