CHICAGOPhilanthropist and former pediatric nurse Ann Lurie has pledged $100 million to Chicagos Childrens Memorial Hospital, most of it toward 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 facilitys longtime home in a neighborhood to the north. The plan must first win a certificate of need from the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board. Lurie, who worked at Childrens Memorial as a critical-care nurse in 1973, has devoted herself to supporting healthcare, the arts, education and social services 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.
INDIANAPOLISPeyton Manning, the Indianapolis Colts quarterback and the 2007 Super Bowls Most Valuable Player, has been a valuable partner to St. Vincent Childrens Hospital since joining the team in 1998, generous with both money and time. Last week, he gave something else: his name. The 78-bed hospital is now called Peyton Manning Childrens Hospital at St. Vincent. Hes our greatest cheerleader right now for St. Vincent, for our pediatric program, said Vincent Caponi, chief executive officer of St. Vincent Health, which is part of Ascension Health. Caponi said Manning has asked that the value of his previous and future financial contributions be kept private. And beyond the dollars and official appearances at hospital events, Caponi said, Manning has proved willing to answer impromptu calls to visit children and families having a particularly difficult time.
CLEVELANDThe Cleveland-based hospital system known since 1982 as the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine Health System has dropped St. Augustine from its name and introduced a new logo. Sisters of Charity Health System, as its now called, holds 50% stakes in three Ohio hospitals in partnership with University Hospitals of Cleveland and operates two South Carolina hospitals. The name and logo were effective Aug. 28. Surveys in the areas where Sisters of Charity has been active in an array of charitable activities outside of its hospitals revealed little public awareness that the pursuits were the work of a single organization. They said the name was too long and it wasnt easy to be remembered, Sister Judith Ann Karam, the systems chief executive officer, said in an interview. St. Augustine will always be with us. The sisters have not dropped St. Augustine from who they are. The identity makeover comes on the heels of a change in sponsorship the Vatican approved in June, which calls for lay members to take part in making decisions for the system at the highest level. Sisters of Charity in the 1990s entered into joint ventures involving four hospitals with the company now called HCA. The joint venture unraveled in 1999.
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