Bright Industries, which was founded by HR Bright, owner of Dallas Cowboys, extended its hand to Children’s Health in Plano by donating $7.5 million dollars according to a Plano Magazine article from January 30. In it they say,
“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.
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.”
The donation came just in time for the Children’s Medical Center’s expansion project which will include towers and buildings to further accommodate patients and even widen the spectrum of service according to a Local Profile article from February 1 which reports,
“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.”
In addition to Children’s Health Plano’s new emergency department, the hospital’s expansion plans include a 395,000 square-foot tower for expanded specialty care programs, including cardiology, oncology, gastroenterology, orthopedics and neurology, and more. The new tower, will nearly double the size of the hospital facility and increase the total number of available beds from 72 to 240.
Other services at Children’s Health Plano, like pharmacy, lab and imaging, will also expand to serve the added beds. Children’s Health Plano will also incorporate operating room space into the building plans along with a new parking structure to accommodate more patient families and visitors.
The Children’s Health broke ground last October and ongoing developments became more anticipated as the receipt of the biggest philanthropic donation to the hospital in history.