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Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation Receives $1 Million Pledge From Giant Eagle Foundation in Support of Capital Campaign

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation has received a commitment of $1 million to its Possibilities Are Growing Capital Campaign from the Giant Eagle Foundation.

In recognition of this gift, which helps supports the new Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC that opened in May, the suite of libraries, lounges, family business center and family support specialists’ offices located on the hospital’s sixth floor will be named the Giant Eagle Foundation Family Support Center. The center is a component of the 20,000-square-foot Elsa M. and Alma E. Mueller Family Resource Center that also includes the Howard Hanna Healing Garden, the Eat’n Park Atrium and Austin’s Playroom.

“Giant Eagle has a longstanding commitment to the health and well-being of the families of western Pennsylvania through its support of Children’s Hospital. For many years, Giant Eagle Inc. has supported Children’s Hospital’s Free Care Fund, which ensures that all children from this region receive the medical care they need,” said Christopher A. Gessner, Children’s Hospital president. “We are grateful for the Giant Eagle Foundation’s investment in our new campus so that amenities such as those incorporated in the Giant Eagle Foundation Family Support Center are possible.”

One year ago, the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation launched the public phase of its capital campaign to support the new hospital.  In addition to costs related to construction of the new hospital, the $100 million campaign will support Children’s Hospital’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.

“As one of the finest pediatric hospitals in the country, we are truly fortunate to have such an outstanding institution in our region. It’s wonderful that at no time is any child turned away without treatment. The Giant Eagle Foundation is honored to partner with Children’s to provide this needed funding to support their mission of improving the health and wellness of our region’s children,” said Laura Karet, chief strategy officer and senior executive vice president, Giant Eagle.

About Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Renowned for its outstanding clinical services, research programs and medical education, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has helped establish the standards of excellence in pediatric care. From ambulatory care to transplantation and cardiac care, talented and committed pediatric experts care for infants, children and adolescents who make more than 500,000 visits to Children’s and its many neighborhood locations each year.

Children’s also has been named consistently to several elite lists of pediatric health care facilities, including ranking 10th among children’s hospitals (FY 2008) in funding provided by the National Institutes of Health, and is named one of the best pediatric hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital has been a charitable institution since its inception and remains a non-profit entity. To ensure the continuation of its charitable mission, in July 2000, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation was established as a subsidiary of Children’s Hospital and then became an independent organization in October 2001.

About Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation is the sole fund-raising arm of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. The Foundation exists to provide financial support for the hospital’s mission of excellence in patient care, teaching and research.

About Giant Eagle Foundation
Giant Eagle Inc., ranked 40 on Forbes magazine’s largest private corporations list and recipient of Grocery Headquarters’ 2007 Retailer of the Year Award and the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Retail Partner of the Year Award, is one of the nation’s largest food retailers and food distributors with approximately $8.2 billion in annual sales. Founded in 1931, Giant Eagle Inc. has grown to be the number one supermarket retailer in the region with 164 corporate and 58 independently owned and operated supermarkets in addition to 153 fuel and convenience stores throughout western Pennsylvania, Ohio, north central West Virginia and Maryland.

Giant Eagle was previously named America’s Second Harvest Regional Retailer of the Year for its support of local food banks, and also actively supports numerous community events, the United Way, Children’s Hospital, Race for the Cure and other non-profit organizations. The company also has created education initiatives such as Apples for the Students, which has provided millions of dollars in computer equipment, software and other classroom learning tools for local schools and the Be a Smart Shopper school nutrition program. Further information can be found at

Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-7919,
Gloria Kreps, 412-586-9764, 

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July 28, 2014
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July 28, 2014