With its $5 million commitment to The Promise Campaign, The John M. O’Quinn Foundation is one of the largest supporters of the hospital’s new Legacy Tower. This very generous gift helps ensure that the most critically ill children receive the specialized care they need for years to come.
“Children from across Houston, the nation and the world have come to rely on the medical care and expertise offered at Texas Children’s Hospital,” said Rob Wilson III, president of the O’Quinn Foundation. “Everything that Texas Children’s does for children and families is exceptional, and the trustees could not be prouder of this gift.”
The O’Quinn Foundation was founded in 1986 by John O’Quinn, a Texas trial lawyer and founding partner of the O’Quinn Law Firm. Though he had no children of his own, he generously donated millions to support children, public education and conservation before his death in 2009.
“Before he passed away, Mr. O’Quinn established in his mission statement that giving to the Texas Medical Center was to be one of the foundation’s areas of focus,” said Wilson. “The first major gift he made was to Texas Children’s, and the trustees want to continue his legacy by giving to the hospital as well.”
Since Texas Children’s provides specialized care that often cannot be obtained elsewhere, the hospital takes care of the most critically ill children and those with the most complex medical needs — children who simply would not have survived just a few years ago.
As part of the current expansion, the hospital added 19 floors and 640,000 square feet. The Legacy Tower houses 126 beds for pediatric and cardiovascular intensive care and new operating rooms with the latest technology. It will also be the new home of Texas Children’s Heart Center.
The pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) rooms in the new tower are cutting edge as well, with booms in the ceiling that allow the specialized equipment that critically ill patients need to be right at the bedside. Most important, the rooms have been designed to be spacious and comfortable, ensuring that parents can stay with their child whenever possible. There will also be a helipad on the roof of the building, making it possible for Texas Children’s to accept patients from all over the state.
In recognition of the foundation’s gift, the hospital has named the commons dining and gathering area of Texas Children’s medical center campus after the O’Quinn Foundation.