AbbVie Donates $50 Million to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for Family Commons

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AbbVie has donated $50 million to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to open Family Commons, a 45,000 square foot space for patients and their families to seek comfort in between clinic appointments.

The facility, located on the second floor of the St. Jude Patient Care Center, features the following:

  • New classrooms and facilities apart of the St. Jude School Program by Chili’s, including a science lab and library
  • Nooks and alcoves for reading and resting
  • Recording studio
  • Indoor and outdoor play areas
  • Private rooms for families
  • Cafe with coffee and snacks
  • Sacred space for quiet prayer and meditation
  • Housing services
  • Event space for meetings and parent classes
  • Tech support center
  • Childcare center

“Treatments for childhood cancer and other catastrophic diseases can take years,” said James R. Downing, M.D., St. Jude President and CEO. “Family Commons will help ease this journey, offering a community respite space for patients and their families during long days at the hospital. The first-of-its-kind floor is designed to provide a full suite of amenities to answer everything a family wants — whether it’s quiet time, play time or the many needs that fall in between.”

St. Jude’s Patient Family Advisory Council contributed to the creation of Family Commons to provide a place for families to privately gather, relax and spend time with each other in between appointments.

“As a company that strives to have a remarkable impact on patients’ lives, we are proud to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through the creation of the new Family Commons, a place where patient families can benefit from the psychological, spiritual, developmental and social support services provided by St. Jude,” said Tracie Haas, Senior Vice President of Corporate Responsibility, Brand and Communications at AbbVie. “Through AbbVie’s donation, the thoughtfully-designed Family Commons provides patients and families at St. Jude with a home-like atmosphere and sense of comfort during one of the most difficult times in their lives.”