It is truly better to give than to receive during the holiday season, and Direct Energy took this sentiment to heart recently. On Friday, December 18th, 2015, we announced our intention to donate $5 million to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX.
This gift represents the largest corporate contribution ever given to a specific campaign initiative at Texas Children’s Hospital. Over 100 different folks from both organizations gathered last week to celebrate this historic donation, including Badar Khan, president and CEO of Direct Energy, Michael C. Linn, co-chair of the Promise Campaign and a member of the Texas Children’s Board of Trustees, and Mark A. Wallace, president and CEO of Texas Children’s.
“Texas Children’s is a world-class provider of pediatric care and Direct Energy is proud to join forces with this extraordinary institution and make this meaningful gift,” said Khan. “We know our partnership with Texas Children’s will make a difference in the health and well-being of countless children and families.”
The donation will be focused on the efforts of the Promise Campaign, specifically the growth of critical, surgical and emergency care services and facilities at Texas Children’s Heart Center, an institution already ranked #2 in the nation for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report.
Construction began earlier in 2015 on a new 640,000-square-foot, 19-story pediatric tower for Texas Children’s Hospital. Once this new facility is completed, the Heart Center will be relocated there to deliver an expanded and more efficient level of care to an increased number of patients. The pediatric tower will house more operating rooms, cardiovascular intensive care units, and pediatric intensive care units.
“Direct Energy’s generous support will help ensure Texas Children’s is able to continue to provide highly specialized care to each and every child who comes to us for help – and particularly to those who are the most critically ill and have the most complex needs,” said Wallace.
We are excited to deepen and develop this relationship in the months and years to come, and we are honored to help Texas Children’s Hospital deliver its life-giving and life-saving services to kids and families across Texas, the United States, and the world.