Lurie Children's Hospital ribbon cutting ceremony today

More than 700 people attended the ribbon cutting ceremony Monday for the new Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

It's all made possible by a $100 million gift from philanthropist Ann Lurie.  More than 250,000 others also made donations.

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."

The 23-story building is the tallest children's hospital in the country.  After 130 yearsChildren's Memorialoutgrew its location in Lincoln Park.  It's new location on the Northwestern campus and physical connection to Prentice Women's Hospital will help facilitate care to newborns.

One father who experienced the extraordinary care of Children's Memorial Hospitalwas 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 next Saturday.

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