Philanthropist and former pediatric nurse Ann Lurie has pledged $100 million to Chicagos
Childrens Memorial Hospital toward the construction of a replacement hospital downtown.
To capture some of the value of new innovations and technology, Childrens Memorial
requires an updated clinical facility with space for upgraded equipment and services,
Lurie said in a news release.
The project, which calls for 1.2 million square feet at an estimated cost of $800 million,
would put the hospital next to the campus of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, moving it a
few miles from the 247-bed faciltitys longtime home in a neighborhood to the north. The
plan must first win a certificate of need from the Illinois Health Facilities Planning
Lurie, who once worked at Childrens Memorial as a critical-care nurse, has devoted
herself to supporting healthcare, the arts and education since the death of her husband,
real estate investor Robert Lurie, in 1990. The new hospital, set to open in 2012, will be
called the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Childrens Hospital of Chicago. -- by href="mailto:[email protected]">Gregg Blesch
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