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CHOP Donation a Family Tradition

July 1, 2013
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Constance and Alan Buerger

The Buerger family’s $50 million gift to the Children’s Hospital of Phila­delphia, announced last week, reflects their longstanding concern for children’s welfare in and around the region.

Alan and Constance Buerger directed their philanthropy a few years ago (on a much smaller scale) to fund the Congregation Rodeph Sha­lom Buer­ger Early Learning Center. That facility, which opened in 2010, was created in partnership with the Federation Early Learning Services.

This current gift to CHOP — in which Alan and Constance are joined by son Reid and his wife, Krista Buerger, and son Grant Buerger — goes toward the construction of a new state-of-the-art outpatient facility. 

Currently under construction on the hospital’s Main Cam­pus in West Philadelphia, the building will be named the Buer­ger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care.

This is not only the largest gift in the hospital’s history, but also one of the largest naming gifts for a building in Philadelphia.

In a statement, Dr. Steven M. Altschuler, CHOP’s chief executive officer, said the new Buer­ger building “ both technologically sophisticated and family-friendly, will revolutionize care for children.”

The 700,000 square-foot Buer­ger complex, projected to open in 2015, will feature 12 floors of integrated clinical care facilities and patient, family and visitor amenities.

“As a patient family treated at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, we know the infinite value of having a world-class pediatric facility so close to home,” Reid Buerger said in a statement. “As a parent, and as a member of the hospital’s board of trustees, I believe there is no better way to help ensure every child receives top medical care than to invest in a facility that will house the very latest medical expertise and technology.”

Alan and Constance Buerger, longtime donors to Children’s Hospital, along with Reid, co-founded Coventry, a global financial services firm specializing in longevity and mortality risk. Krista Buerger is its executive vice president.

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