Kansas City, Mo. Children's Mercy Hospital, one of the nation's leading pediatric centers, has received the largest gift in its 104-year history, nearly $25 million from the Hall Family Foundation.
The gift will go toward the hospital's five-year $64 million Destiny plan, which includes a new clinic and research building at Children's Mercy's Kansas City campus.
At the hospital's south campus in Overland Park the expansion includes a parking garage and a building for specialty clinics, urgent care and 15 inpatient beds.
The Destiny program is part of a 10-year, $129 million growth plan at the two campuses. With the latest gift from the Hall Family Foundation, the hospital has raised $32 million of that amount.
"We're continuing our fund-raising efforts on a national level as well as locally and regionally," said Tom McCormally, Children's Mercy spokesman.
Children's Mercy performs research in areas such as clinical pharmacology.
The gift, announced Wednesday, illustrates the Hall family's dedication to the hospital and validates "the mission of Children's Mercy and our goal to be recognized as the finest children's hospital in the entire world," said Randall L. O'Donnell, hospital president and chief executive officer.
The $24.8 million gift to Children's Mercy was one of the largest ever given by the foundation, foundation president Bill Hall said.
Hall said the foundation provides large gifts only to excellent organizations that are run by people "who strive to be nationally known."
"We see Mercy Hospital as a great regional children's medical center that is reaching to be a national medical center for children. And we think the people and the plans they have in place have a chance of achieving that," he said.