Children’s Health announced Jan. 26 that it has received a $7.5 million donation from Bright Industries to help provide ongoing care for children. In recognition of the donations, the new emergency department under construction in Plano will bear the Bright name.
“As the North Texas region grows, we are continuing to advance the pediatric health of our community. The significant expansion of Children’s Medical Center Plano will enable us to provide increased capacity and access to children and their families where and when they need it – close to home – for countless years to come,” Children’s Health President and CEO Chris Durovich said. “Through their years of giving across many generations, the Bright family has been alongside us supporting the needs of patients and families. We are extremely grateful for their generous gift to our Plano campus expansion and for their continuing commitment to helping us deliver outstanding pediatric care in North Texas.”
Bright Industries is a private company that does business in real estate, real estate development, financial services, home building, landscaping services, golf operations and corporate hospitality. It was founded in the 1950s by the late H.R. “Bum” Bright, who also owned the Dallas Cowboys in the 1980s.
“Children’s Health is, and has been, a tremendous contributor to the Dallas/Fort Worth community for more years than I can remember,” Bright Industries CEO Chris Bright said. “Their devotion to serving and protecting our youngest and most vulnerable has inspired the Bright family’s admiration for most of our lives. Bum Bright was honored to serve on their board for many years, and the Bright family is equally honored to be able to participate in helping Children’s Health in their continued growth and service to this area with their amazing plans for their Plano facility.”
Children’s Health broke ground on its expansion project last October. It will include a new emergency department with increased space and state-of-the-art equipment to meet the needs of the hospital’s Level IV trauma center. The new facility will also have dedicated behavioral health treatment rooms. It is scheduled to be completed by early 2024.