Eccles Foundation, LDS Church help Primary Childrens expand its reach

Primary Children's Medical Center has received $4 million from a local foundation and the LDS Church to help build a new outpatient service building across the street from the existing hospital.

In celebration of the hospital's 20th anniversary at its current location on the University of Utah campus, officials announced plans for the new George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Outpatient Services Building at a news conference Thursday. The facility will be the second addition to the hospital announced this year.

The Eccles Foundation has donated $3 million and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gave $1 million toward construction of the new $120 million, 200,000-square-foot addition to the hospital campus. Primary Children's Chief Executive Officer Joe Mott said the hospital, which patients and staff moved to from an old facility in the Avenues neighborhood 20 years ago on Friday, has logged more than 1 million patient days, 280,000 surgeries and 672,000 emergency room visits in the past two decades.

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