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August 29, 2014, 10:17 pm

$7.5M gift gives Children’s Hospital new facility

Another new medical facility for children is coming to West Philadelphia.

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia recently broke ground for the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Primary Care Center at 48th and Market streets.

Established with a $7.5 million gift from Nicholas and Athena Karabots and the Karabots Foundation of Fort Washington, the $30 million, 52,000-square-foot facility will offer top-quality pediatric care and community programs for children and families in the surrounding community.

“We are grateful that Nicholas and Athena Karabots are so passionate about ensuring all children, regardless of socioeconomic background, receive high quality care,” said Mortimer J. Buckley, chair of the board of trustees at CHOP.

“Their generous gift makes it possible for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to better serve the families in West Philadelphia. We are honored to continue the Karabots’ tradition of helping children in need and will fulfill the promise of excellent care.”

As the chairman of the Spartan Organization, Nicholas Karabots has achieved prominence in the printing and publishing industry. The Karabots family is known for supporting projects focused on youth and inner-city causes.

“My wife and I are delighted to be able to support the creation of this facility that will help so many in need. The West Philadelphia community will benefit enormously with the opening of this state-of-the-art center,” said Karabots.

“I feel strongly that all children, especially those living under difficult circumstances, deserve the opportunity to live a healthy and productive life. To do this, they need to have access to good health-care services.”

Located on a four-story site, the two-story building will contain 56 child-friendly examination rooms; rooms dedicated to radiology, hearing and vision testing, and a phlebotomy laboratory.

The facility will also house community programs offered by Children’s Hospital including Early Head Start, Reach Out and Read, domestic violence education and asthma education.

The center plans to accommodate more than 45,000 outpatient visits annually.

“We are proud to create additional economic and community benefits to Philadelphia at the same time we provide a higher level of care for children,” said Dr. Steven M. Altschuler, chief executive officer of CHOP.

“This generous donation from Nicholas and Athena benefits our community on so many levels.”

Construction of the building is projected to finish in late 2012, with an opening planned for early 2013.

The principal architect for the center is Brawer & Hauptman Architects and the contractor is INTECH Construction. Stanley, Beaman and Sears are the interior design consultants and Medequip International is the medical equipment consultant. The Procz Group is serving as the building systems engineer, while the civil/structural engineer is Klein and Hoffman.

The existing CHOP Pediatric and Adolescent Care Centers at 39th and Chestnut streets and 3550 Market St. will relocate to the Karabots Center. The centers in South Philadelphia and Cobbs Creek will remain in their current locations.


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