Children's Hospital of Orange County Receives $27 Million Gift

The Children's Hospital of Orange County has announced a $27 million gift from retired businessman Bill Holmes for a new pediatric hospital tower.

Scheduled to open on the hospital's main campus later this spring, the seven-story, 425,000-square-foot tower will house Orange County's only fully dedicated pediatric emergency department as well as advanced operating rooms and laboratory, pathology, and imaging services. In recognition of the largest gift to CHOC from a living donor, the building will be named the Bill Holmes Tower.

Holmes previously pledged $200,000 to CHOC, which included a donation to name one of the private patient rooms on the oncology floor of the new tower. According to the Orange County Register, the $27 million gift is expected to push the hospital's Change CHOC, Change the World campaign, which ends in June, past its $125 million goal.

"This is my legacy gift to CHOC Children's and to the children and families in the community," said Holmes, who hitchhiked from Iowa to California at age 16 in 1945 and eventually built his fortune in the pool and spa business. "The new tower expands on what CHOC can do for the children in our community. Orange County residents should take tremendous pride in having a world-class pediatric facility here."

Greg Hardesty. "Pool Man Gives $27 Million to CHOC." Orange County Register 01/18/2013. "Orange County Resident Bill Holmes Donates $27 Million to CHOC to Name New Patient Care Tower." Children's Hospital of Orange County Press Release 01/21/2013.