The gift — the largest ever received by the hospital — will establish the Children's Hospital Foundation Heart Center at CHoR and support the recruitment of staff for the new center, including Thomas Yeh, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., a senior cardiothoracic surgeon, who will serve as its director.
VCU Medical Center will supplement the gift with a $14 million commitment in support of equipment and operating expenses. "This is another example of how VCU is helping to ensure that the children of the Richmond region have access to world-class health care in their own backyard," said Michael Rao, Ph.D., president of VCU and the VCU Health System. "We have committed again and again that we will help the people who need us, including children, and will be the best partner and colleague for our entire region and state to serve young patients and their families."
"Since the merger of Children's Hospital and VCU Health System in 2010, Children's Hospital Foundation has provided over $30 million in cash and pledges to pediatric programs like nephrology, orthopedic surgery, neonatal medicine, critical care, craniofacial care, and gastroenterology," said CHF chair Eleanor Goode. "With the announcement of our $28 million pledge, our total level of support now exceeds $58 million."