Generosity Meets Need
a Perfect Match
The Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pediatric & Adolescent Care Center
What happens when a child has no place to turn? When parents struggle to meet their child's most basic health needs? When childhood itself is threatened simply because of lack of access to healthcare? These difficult questions haunted Nicholas Karabots for most of his life.
Last summer, Nick and his wife, Athena, took a giant leap toward addressing these vital issues. Through the Karabots Foundation, they made a transformative gift of $7.5 million to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to create a new pediatric primary care center in West Philadelphia.
Nick Karabots' own life unfolded out of the hardscrabble streets of New York, where he started as a shoeshine boy and rose to prominence in the printing and publishing industry. His conglomerate of companies includes the nation's largest publisher of puzzle magazines.
"I grew up in the South Bronx, and it could be very tough," says Karabots, now of Fort Washington, Pa. "I was lucky to be able to make the most of a few opportunities. But I have never forgotten how many other kids there were who didn't have the same chances in life."
The Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pediatric & Adolescent Care Center, now under construction at Market and 48th streets, will be part of the CHOP Care Network and serve children and families who need care the most. CHOP's primary care practices at 39th and Chestnut streets and 3550 Market St. will relocate to the new center, which is expected to open in early 2013. The gift is a vivid illustration of the power of philanthropy.
"Without their gift," says CEO Steven M. Altschuler, M.D., "we simply wouldn't be able to build this center." Situated on a four-acre site in an almost 50,000-square-foot facility, the center will feature plenty of parking, child-friendly exam rooms, radiology, X-ray and hearing and vision testing. It will be able to handle more than 45,000 patient visits per year, and also will provide a home to many community programs and services, such as the Homeless Health Initiative, the Community Asthma Prevention Program and Reach Out and Read.