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CHOC Children's receives $30 million gift

It's the largest in the hospital's history and comes from the estate of Robert Tidwell.

By Kristen SchottPublished: February 24, 2011 10:29 AM

CHOC Children's in Orange has received a $30 million gift from the estate of former Garden Grove resident and business professional Robert Tidwell. It's the largest gift in the medical center's history and will support the $125 million Change CHOC, Change the World campaign, funding construction and bolstering pediatric programs at the hospital.

Tidwell, a former investment banker, left his entire estate to CHOC when he passed away in 2009. The gift recently was transferred to the CHOC Children's Foundation, which raises funds for the nonprofit pediatric health-care system.

“This generous gift will help CHOC achieve various strategic objectives as we progress from being a crucial regional pediatric care center to one of the nation's leading children's hospitals,” said Kim Cripe, president and CEO of the hospital.

Half of the gift will go toward CHOC's master-campus plan, a project that calls for the construction of a new seven-story patient care tower slated to open in spring 2013. The facility's surgery center will be named for Tidwell.

The other $15 million will support CHOC's efforts to boost its advanced pediatric medical offerings by developing clinical programs; recruiting new physicians, clinicians and researchers; and funding the Robert L. Tidwell Endowment for Ophthalmology.

The Change CHOC, Change the World campaign seeks to make Orange County one of the safest and healthiest areas for kids across the U.S. and aims to help the medical center gain national recognition as a top children's hospital. Tidwell's donation brings CHOC two-thirds of the way toward its $125 million goal; the hospital needs to raise an additional $39 million to reach that number by June 2013.

“Mr. Tidwell’s legacy gift will improve the lives of children locally, nationally and globally for generations to come,” said Cripe.

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