Gifts of $150,000 from the freight and transportation company and $1.85 million from the family of its president and CEO Rob Estes to the Children's Hospital Foundation — which will be doubled by the foundation's matching campaign — will help fund construction of a new tower. Scheduled to be completed in spring 2023, the sixteen-story building will house the hospital's Level 1 pediatric trauma center, an emergency room, inpatient units, new operating rooms, increased imaging capacity, and family amenities. In recognition of the gifts, some areas of the building, including the loading dock (a nod to the family business), will be named in honor of Estes.
"We are a family-owned business that's had the honor of working with thousands of Richmond-area families for nearly ninety years," said Estes. "Children deserve the best possible medical care when they need it, and we're proud to support Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU, as a company, and as a family."
"The children's tower is being built for and by our community thanks to generous friends like the Estes," said Children's Hospital CEO Elias Neujahr. "It will be a beacon of hope for kids and families across the Commonwealth, while helping us attract and retain top talent so our children have access to the best care, close to home."
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