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Children’s Medical Center Foundation receives $500K to support expansion

Written by Mindia Whittier

Priority funding areas for the donor include individuals with specials needs, junior golf, military families and veterans and pediatric cancer.

Children’s Medical Center Foundation, the fundraising arm of  Children’s Health℠, has received a $500,000 donation to support the expansion at Children’s Medical Center Plano.

The gift from the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation (JSFF) will focus on pediatric oncology. Children’s Health is one of the largest pediatric health care providers in the country and the leading pediatric health care system in North Texas.

“Annie and I are very grateful to the incredible oncology staff at Children’s Health for their life-saving work,” said Jordan Spieth. “We have a personal connection to pediatric cancer, and to this hospital specifically. And while we hope research continues to make this issue nonexistent in the future, for now, our focus is on improving each family’s experience as much as possible.”

This is the largest donation granted to any organization from JSFF. In recognition of the gift, the family support lounge that will be located in the newly expanded Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Medical Center Plano, will be named the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation Lounge. The new space will provide respite for patient families with a comfortable lounge area and an enclosed kitchenette designed for families to gather in a calm and welcoming environment with a view of the expanded Plano campus.

“Within each of our pillars, we want to focus on providing direct support to children and families who are facing challenges,” Annie Spieth said. “Our goal with this gift is to provide thousands of families in North Texas who are facing a diagnosis closer access to the life-saving care of Children’s Medical Center. If we can be a small part of expanding access to treatment and, in turn, give quality time back to these families, then we hopefully contribute toward their healing journey. Jordan and I are very grateful to the incredible oncology staff at Children’s for their life-saving work.”

JSFF offers a platform for PGA Tour Pro Jordan Spieth and his family to lend time, help grow awareness and offer financial support for four philanthropic areas: individuals with special needs, junior golf, military families and veterans, and pediatric cancer.

Children’s Health is one of the 2022 beneficiaries within the Foundation’s pediatric cancer pillar. The goal of the Spieth’s foundation is to fund programs that offer direct care for children fighting cancer and their families. This includes supporting child life services, emotional and social therapies, familial respite, and avenues to overcome financial burdens on families when facing a diagnosis.

“Jordan and Annie Spieth have been longtime supporters of the Children’s Health mission, which they understand deeply,” said Brent Christopher, president of Children’s Medical Center Foundation. “We’re extremely grateful for this generous gift as the Plano campus of Children’s Health expands to meet the growing population of kids in North Texas. Having access to the best pediatric care for children and families close to home is critical. This commitment to help kids battling cancer is at the heart of what it means to make life better for children.”

Groundbreaking for the Children’s Medical Center Plano campus expansion took place in October 2021 and is expected to be complete by late 2024. Expansion plans for the Plano campus include a new 395,000-square-foot tower to house expanded specialty care programs, such as cardiology, oncology, gastroenterology, and neurology, among others. The new tower, which will nearly double the size of the hospital facility, will increase the total number of available beds from 72 to 212.

Children’s Health cares for children through more than 750,000 patient visits annually. The Children’s Health system includes two hospital campuses: Children’s Medical Center Dallas and Children’s Medical Center Plano; along with the Children’s Health Care Network, specialty centers, rehabilitation facilities and physician services. Children’s Medical Center Dallas continues to be the only North Texas hospital to be ranked in 10 out of 10 pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report.

Through its academic affiliation with UT Southwestern Medical Center, Children’s Health is a leader in life-changing treatments, innovative technology and ground-breaking research. This affiliation led to establishing the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute in 2011, committed to pursuing research in regenerative medicine, cancer biology and metabolism.

As the fundraising arm for Children’s Health℠, the Children’s Medical Center Foundation provides philanthropic support through partnerships with individual donors, organizations and corporations. These funds support Children’s Health with the enhancement of care, discovery of cures and building of a healthier community across all Children’s Health campuses in an effort to fulfill our mission to make life better for children. All contributions to Children’s Medical Center Foundation directly support patients and their families, ensuring the best experience, best care and ultimately a fighting chance to get back to being a kid again.

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Mindia Whittier