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Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation Kicks Off Capital Campaign To Benefit New Hospital

The new Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in Lawrenceville opens in six months

Patients, families and donors gathered today as the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation officially announced the beginning of the public phase of its capital campaign. “The Possibilities Are Growing” campaign will support the construction of the new hospital campus in Lawrenceville.

In addition, the $100 million campaign will be used to support Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC’s mission of patient care, teaching and research through expanding and creating clinical programs and services. To date, the Foundation has already received commitments of nearly $65 million.

“We’re reaching out to the entire community — one that has always generously supported this institution — to share in the success of our campaign. Every donation, large or small, will enable our donors to take pride in having built this new hospital and, in doing so, providing the best possible care for our children,” said Catharine Ryan, chair, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation Board of Trustees.

When the new Children’s Hospital opens in May 2009, it will set the standard for pediatric care nationwide. The new hospital building will serve as the centerpiece of the multi-phase development project that is situated on a 10-acre campus. Children’s Hospital is committed to making a visit to the hospital or a hospital stay easier for its young patients and their families. That’s important to people like Paul and Hailey Puleo.

Now 6 years old, Acacia Puleo was born with a twist in her intestine and as a result needed a liver and small bowel transplant at a very young age. From Chappaqua, N.Y., the Puleos traveled to Children’s Hospital to seek medical care and ultimately a transplant. While at Children’s Hospital, Acacia required a plasmapheresis machine, a high-tech treatment system similar to dialysis in a patient with end-stage kidney failure. Since the liver performs many complicated functions, managing a child on plasmapheresis requires tremendous skill on the part of the physicians, nurses and staff.

At age 1, Acacia received her transplant at Children’s Hospital and recovered remarkably.

“(In New York), they told us to expect that she would die of end-stage liver disease and starvation. Even being where we were, in one of the most well-connected cities in the world, no one was doing intestinal transplants,” said Hailey Puleo, Acacia’s mother. “As a parent, learning your child is severely ill is devastating. You never expect it, and you never think it can happen to you. That’s why supporting this campaign is so important. By doing so, you are ensuring that the children and their families who rely on the expertise of Children’s Hospital know they are getting the very best care.”

Grateful for the care their daughter received, the Puleos pledged $60,000, including a matching gift from Paul’s employer, to the capital campaign toward the purchase of a plasmapheresis machine for the new hospital in Lawrenceville.

Foundation officials also announced that PNC Foundation committed $1 million toward the capital campaign to name The PNC Family Waiting Area – a large lounge for families waiting for outpatient clinic visits with pediatric specialists.

“The entire PNC family is solidly behind the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. This organization is truly a vital and essential thread in the fabric of our community,” said Sy Holzer, president of PNC Bank, Pittsburgh. “In addition to serving the needs of our own youth in western Pennsylvania, Children’s Hospital is recognized around the world as an innovative, medically advanced and lifesaving facility.”

“Our donation toward The PNC Family Waiting Area is certainly not charity,” Holzer added. “It is a much-needed resource for the hospital, and it is our sincere hope that it will be a center of comfort to those families who use the facility.”

In addition to the PNC Foundation’s donation, other lead supporters giving gifts of $1 million or more include:
•    Henry L. Hillman Foundation and Hillman Foundation         
•    Richard King Mellon Foundation           
•    The Heinz Endowments               
•    Eden Hall Foundation           
•    Mrs. Janet Palumbo               
•    Howard Hanna Real Estate Services and Hanna family   
•    R.P. Simmons Family Foundation       
•    Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, Inc. and Broadhurst family       
•    Mr. John G. Rangos Sr.           
•    The Mario Lemieux Foundation       
•    The Charles L. Cost Foundation
•    John T. Ryan III and Catharine M. Ryan and the Ryan Memorial Foundation           

“Children’s Hospital has provided a vital service to our surrounding community for more than a century. We all are very fortunate to have a world-class pediatric hospital right in our own backyard,” said Roger Oxendale, president, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation and CEO, Children’s Hospital. “Everywhere I go in western Pennsylvania, I meet children and families who have been touched by Children’s Hospital. Many of them are like the Puleos: They had no idea they would need us. That is why we are asking everyone for their help and support. Every gift is important, and everyone can make a difference. Every dollar given to support the hospital is a dollar invested in our children’s health and in their future.”


Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-7919 or 412-692-5016,
Melanie Finnigan, 412-692-5502 or 412-692-5016,

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