Continuing a long-standing tradition of support, the Junior Board of Christiana Care has made a $1 million gift to the new Center for Women & Children’s Health being built at Christiana Care Health System. In recognition of this extraordinary gift, Christiana Care will name the center’s family garden in honor of the Junior Board.

Janice E. Nevin, M.D., MPH

“All of us want the very best for the newest members of our community and for their families,” said Janice E. Nevin, M.D., MPH, president and CEO of Christiana Care. “The Junior Board’s wonderful gift advances the unique opportunity we have to partner with women and their families on the path to optimal health.”

The 400,000 square-foot, family-focused Center for Women & Children’s Health is scheduled to open in 2020 with a new eight-story building and state-of-the-art renovations to current space. Much more than bricks and mortar, this $260 million initiative signals a transformation of women’s and children’s care at Christiana Care, where generations of families in Delaware and the region have gotten their start.

“The Center for Women & Children’s Health is being designed for the entire family,” said Matthew Hoffman, M.D., MPH, FACOG, the Marie E. Pinizzotto, M.D., Endowed Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology. “The new building will feature vibrant, playful spaces like our rooftop family garden that are inviting and family-friendly.”

The tranquil family garden, being named for the Junior Board, will be a welcoming, private area with comfortable outdoor seating, landscaping designed for all seasons and plenty of space for strollers, for children to run and play, and for families to walk together.

“The Center for Women & Children’s Health will actively promote healthier moms, healthier babies and healthier families in our community,” said Georgianna Riley, president of the Junior Board. “We are so pleased to partner with Christiana Care in this inspired goal.”

With 20 years of support to Christiana Care, the Junior Board has given generously to Women & Children’s programs, including the Continuing Care Nursery, NICU Special Needs Fund, Labor & Delivery bereavement program and neonatal abstinence syndrome program.

“The Junior Board makes a difference in the lives of women and their families every single day,” said David A. Paul, M.D., chief of Pediatrics and physician leader of the Women & Children’s service line, in accepting the gift at a special event on October 24. “I speak for our clinical staff, the parents, grandparents and guardians we serve, and especially the infants in our care when I say that we are enormously grateful.”