Valley Philanthropic Groups Donate Combined $1.55 Million to Phoenix Children’s

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The Valley’s most prominent philanthropic groups have donated a combined $1.55 million to fund the expansion of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, which will open this summer.

·        Thunderbirds Charities, the charitable giving wing of the hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, The Thunderbirds, has donated $400,000 to fund the expansion of the CVICU. Thunderbirds Charities is a longtime supporter of Phoenix Children’s Hospital and also has donated to causes such as the Hospital’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and the Emergency Department and Level 1 Trauma Center.

·        Scottsdale Active 20/30 Club has granted Phoenix Children’s Hospital $400,000 toward funding the CVICU. Scottsdale Active 20/30 Club chose the CVICU for this monumental donation due to its ongoing commitment to bettering the lives of children in Phoenix.

·        Freeport-McMoRan Foundation has donated $300,000 to expand pediatric heart care at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The organization has a long history of giving back to the communities in which they operate including support of the Hospital’s Emergency Department and Level 1 Trauma Center in 2017.

·        Beach Ball Paddle Raising: At this year’s annual Beach Ball gala, attendees were asked to raise their paddles for the expansion of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital CVICU. The attendees opened their hearts and generously gave a total of $450,000 towards the expansion.

“Thanks to the generous contributions of these remarkable organizations, the CVICU is able to double its number of beds, from 24 to 48,” said Steve Schnall, senior vice president and chief development officer at Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation. “The community will continue to feel the impact of their donations for years to come.”

The CVICU has seen an increased demand in care over the last several years. One in 100 infants born today have a congenital heart defect. The Heart Center at Phoenix Children’s is the only Center of its kind in the Southwest, and quickly becoming an international destination for expert care. The donations will fund an increased number of beds, cutting-edge technology and a more robust continuum of care.

About Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Phoenix Children’s Hospital is Arizona’s only children’s hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals with rankings in all 10 specialties. Phoenix Children’s provides world-class inpatient, outpatient, trauma, emergency and urgent care to children and families in Arizona and throughout the Southwest. As one of the largest children’s hospitals in the country, Phoenix Children’s provides care across more than 75 pediatric specialties. The Hospital is poised for continued growth in quality patient care, research and medical education. For more information about the hospital, visit

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