Ace Hardware gives Lurie Children’s $10 million as hospital adds more beds

Ace Hardware gives Lurie Children’s $10 million as hospital adds more beds

Oak Brook-based Ace Hardware is giving Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago $10 million over the next five years to help fund projects in patient care and advocacy. The gift will also support research and specialized fellowship positions at Lurie’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorder. Ace has raised more than $6 million for the hospital since 1991.

“As one of Lurie Children’s most prominent and enduring corporate partners, Ace Hardware has played an important role in advancing our vision of a healthier future for every child and we’re proud to continue our work together,” CEO Patrick Magoon said in a statement.

The hospital also recently announced that it’s opened its new 44-bed unit for cardiac care, adding an additional eight beds. Lurie Children’s plans to add another 48 beds for intensive care and 24 beds for cancer and blood disorders in 2019, bringing the hospital’s total number of beds from 288 to 360.

Magoon said the growth is driven by an increasing demand for pediatric services. Lurie Children’s has had to turn away 500 transport requests in the past nine months.

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