in San Diego has announced a $60 million gift from local businessman and former board chair Ernest Rady and his family to support the expansion of its facilities and programs.
A year ago, the hospital's board approved the expansion of critical care facilities, including construction of a major acute care pavilion with eighty-four beds and centers for surgery, neonatal intensive care, cancer care, and conferences. The groundbreaking for what will be renamed the Rady Children's Hospital and Health Center is scheduled for the winter of 2007, with completion of the work scheduled for early 2010. Combined with other projects and associated technology purchases and upgrades, the pavilion will require $350 million in funding over the next seven years.
"With this extraordinary donation from Ernest and his family, we continue to fulfill our commitment to our community's youngest members," said Children's board chair Ron Kendrick. "In the fifty-two years since our hospital was founded, San Diego has grown tremendously, and medical technology has made equally tremendous strides. So, too, we must grow and modernize. We have that responsibility to our kids."