Contribution among first for Hospital’s $80 million building expansion project
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, Aug. 25, 2016 – A $1 million gift from Valero will help Driscoll Children’s Hospital in its goal of fulfilling founder Clara Driscoll’s dreams of meeting the health needs of the children of South Texas.
Representatives from Valero Bill Greehey Refineries presented hospital representatives with the major gift on Thursday.
“Truly remarkable generosity such as what Valero has extended to Driscoll Children’s Hospital makes a lasting positive impact on what we are able to accomplish in terms of expanding our facilities and services for the children of South Texas,” said Steve Woerner, President and CEO of Driscoll Health System.
“Valero is proud to be an active community partner. This gift today aligns with our commitment to help make this community a better place to live and work,” said Dennis Payne, Vice President/General Manager of Valero Bill Greehey Refineries. “It’s nice to know we have a great facility like Driscoll to take care of the children of South Texas.”
The gift from Valero is the first contribution to date to assist Driscoll with its recent expansion project, which is the largest undertaken by the hospital in the past 20 years. The $80 million building expansion project will add a two-story pavilion with a new Outpatient Surgery Center on the first floor and a new, expanded Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) on the second floor. The new PICU will free up space where the PICU currently is located to expand the Surgical Services Department by adding two new operating rooms.
“Philanthropy is part of our history, from the initial transformation gift given by Clara Driscoll herself to open the hospital back in 1953 to significant gifts such as this $1 million from Valero,” said Martha Avery, Vice President, Development, Driscoll Children’s Hospital.
“We are grateful for our longstanding partnership with Valero in caring for the children in our communities,” Avery said. “They, and all our other generous donors, help us keep Clara Driscoll’s legacy alive and thriving.”