The in Chicago has announced a $16 million gift from the Kenneth and Anne Griffin Foundation to establish an emergency care center at its new facility, the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.
The funds will be used to create the Kenneth and Anne Griffin Emergency Care Center, which will open on the campus of in the summer of 2012. The new facility will include additional examination rooms, major trauma/resuscitation beds, and an expanded triage area to allow rapid assessment of arriving patients — substantially increasing the hospital's emergency care capacity and improving patient response times. The facility also will feature state-of-the-art technology, including dedicated diagnostic radiology suites and a CT scanner.
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 new facility during its first year of operation.
"A state-of-the-art emergency care center can be the difference between life and death for critically ill patients," said Anne Griffin, who has been a member of the Children's Memorial Medical Center and Children's Memorial Foundation board of directors since 2005. "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."