PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) today announced a $2 million gift from Leonard B. Kahn, a retired farmer and cattleman and longtime resident of Randolph Township, New Jersey. The gift will support the Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care, a new state-of-the-art outpatient facility currently under construction on the Hospital's Main Campus in West Philadelphia. One of the Buerger Center's most unique lobby characteristics – a one of a kind spiraling lobby ramp – will be known as the "Leonard B. Kahn Walkway" in recognition of Mr. Kahn's generosity.
"The Leonard B. Kahn Walkway represents the boundless and soaring hope of a child," said Steven M. Altschuler, MD, chief executive officer of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "Through his thoughtful generosity, Leonard Kahn will enable countless patients and families who visit the Buerger Center to experience hope and healing in a magnificent, uplifting setting.
While his generous gift will have positive impact on children and families from throughout the United States and around the world, Mr. Kahn remains rooted in Randolph Township, New Jersey where he became a well-known and successful farmer, cattleman, and property owner. Now retired, Mr. Kahn winters in Florida but at other times of the year can be frequently found at lunchtime at the Randolph Diner in Randolph, NJ.
Currently under construction, the 700,000 square-foot Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care will feature 12 floors of integrated clinical care space and patient, family, and visitor amenities. At its projected opening in 2015, it will be the most advanced outpatient pediatric medical facility in the world, designed to deliver the ideal patient experience.
In addition to the "Leonard B. Kahn Walkway" the Buerger Center will boast several other innovative concepts, including:
- Spacious waiting rooms for families with "wait, play, learn" areas to provide patients and their siblings a venue for educational toys and games;
- A relaxing 14,000 square-foot roof garden with space for recreation as well as rehabilitation sessions;
- A 2.6-acre landscaped outdoor plaza will offer a safe open area for play, entertainment and emotional recharging.
- Advanced electronic systems will reduce wait times for appointments and expedite registration and checkout.
About The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1855 as the nation's first pediatric hospital. Through its long-standing commitment to providing exceptional patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare professionals and pioneering major research initiatives, Children's Hospital has fostered many discoveries that have benefited children worldwide. Its pediatric research program receives the highest amount of National Institutes of Health funding among all U.S. children's hospitals. In addition, its unique family-centered care and public service programs have brought the 535-bed hospital recognition as a leading advocate for children and adolescents. For more information, visit http://www.chop.edu.
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