September 22, 2009

FedEx breaks ground on a new kind of facility

FedEx breaks ground on a new kind of facility

FedEx is funding a facility to house families of patients at Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center.

By Toby Gooley

When children must be hospitalized for extended periods far from home, it can be tough for their families to find an affordable place to stay. FedEx Corp., which has a long history of supporting children's charities, is helping to address that problem by funding FedExFamilyHouse, a facility that's slated to open next year at Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center in FedEx's hometown of Memphis, Tenn. FedEx Chairman, President, and CEO Fred Smith and his wife Diane, and Executive Vice President and CFO Alan Graf, Jr. and his wife Susan also made substantial personal contributions.

Construction began in August on the house, which will include 24 family suites, plus indoor and outdoor dining and recreational areas, a business center, a teen lounge, kitchen and laundry facilities, and a conference room, among other amenities. FedExFamilyHouse will be LEED certified as a sustainable building, one of the first pediatric residences to earn that designation.

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Toby Gooley
Contributing Editor
Contributing Editor Toby Gooley is a freelance writer and editor specializing in supply chain, logistics, material handling, and international trade. She previously was Senior Editor at DC VELOCITY and Editor of DCV's sister publication, CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly. Prior to joining AGiLE Business Media in 2007, she spent 20 years at Logistics Management magazine as Managing Editor and Senior Editor covering international trade and transportation. Prior to that she was an export traffic manager for 10 years. She holds a B.A. in Asian Studies from Cornell University.

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