After 130 yearsChildren's Memorial Hospitalhas outgrown its location in Lincoln Park and more than 700 people attended the ribbon cutting today for the new Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital.
The 23-story building makes Lurie Children’s Hospital the tallest children's hospital in the country. Its new location on the Northwestern campus, 225 E. Chicago Avenue, and physical connection to Prentice Women's Hospital will help facilitate care to newborns.
The renaming of the hospital comes after philanthropist Ann Lurie donated $100 million to Children’s Memorial. More than 250,000 others also made donations.
Today, Lurie quoted an email from a former patient who wrote her to say thank you, "I'm so proud that the facility will now reflect the kind of amazing work that is happening inside."
One father who experienced the extraordinary care of Children's Memorial Hospital was a young Dick Durbin, who routinely drove his daughter from Springfield to Chicago, looking for the best medical care. "This new state of the art facility will enhance Children's Hospital's reputation as one of America's best pediatric hospitals," said Senator Durbin.
Lurie's Children's Hospital officially opens Saturday.
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