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More Than 1,000 Children's Memorial Hospital Patients, Physicians, Elected Officials, Donors and Staff Gather to Break Ground on the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Date:4/21/2008

aking a great investment that will benefit our children and our communities for generations to come."

Children's Memorial must turn away a significant number of critically ill children each year because an appropriate bed is not available. The new facility will increase capacity by 30 percent. Its location on the campus of partner medical school, Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, will help Children's Memorial to continue to recruit and retain top physicians and scientists and better facilitate collaboration between pediatric and adult researchers. Its adjacency to Northwestern Memorial's Prentice Women's Hospital will offer convenience for families and direct clinical interaction to benefit newborns. Proximity to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Northwestern Memorial Hospital will improve transitional care for children with chronic illnesses into adult care.

"This is a momentous day in Illinois. We break ground on a genuinely modern and progressive facility committed to caring for the most vulnerable of our society -- our children. Families and children from around the world come to Children's Memorial to get the treatment they need," said Governor Blagojevich. "The hospital will help provide thousands of new jobs and re-emphasize that Illinois is a leader when it comes to quality heath care. The generosity of Ms. Lurie is truly inspirational and I applaud her for her compassionate gift."

Today's groundbreaking ceremony featured several patients of Children's Memorial from across Illinois, including children who have had cancer, a liver transplant, spina bifida, cystic fibrosis, cerebral palsy and a brain tumor. Twelve-year-old Daimhin McGrath, who had surgery to remove a deadly brain tumor at age 9 lives three blocks from the new hospital site, while Jacob Lowry, 10-year-old leukemia survivor, came 100 miles to participate in the celebration.

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