Children's Healthcare of Atlanta has announced a $1 million gift from the Herman J. Russell family to help fund the expansion of a new facility at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding.
Given as part of a $43 million capital campaign, the gift is the largest ever donated to the hospital by an African-American family. In recognition of the donation, the lobby will be named after Otelia and Herman Russell of H.J. Russell & Company, a leading real estate development and construction firm and the largest minority-owned developer and property manager in the country.
Originally opened in 1952, the facility — then known as Hughes Spalding Pavilion — was a private hospital for African-American patients. By 2006, when CHOA took over management of its services, the facility continued to serve the city's healthcare needs. To meet the needs of Atlanta's growing population, the new four-story pediatric facility will include child- and family-friendly amenities, child-sized inpatient beds, an enhanced emergency department, and specialty clinics for sickle cell, asthma, and child protection. The facility will also be LEED-certified.
"The generosity of the Herman J. Russell family is a testament to their dedication to enhancing the lives of children in our community," said Children's president and CEO Donna Hyland. "The new facility allows us to deliver an even higher level of patient care in a facility that is suitable for a pediatric population. We have laid a foundation that does more than keep the facility operational, [it] puts it on a path for future growth that will help to improve the lives of both the children of our city and Georgia."