NEWPORT NEWS, VA — Ferguson LLC, the Newport News, VA-based distributor of plumbing and related building products, has donated $2.5 million to a local pediatric hospital whose efforts will be aimed largely at children’s mental health, the company announced.
Ferguson’s donation, proffered to the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters’ Lighting the Way campaign, will assist in the construction of a 14-story, $224 million mental-health hospital and outpatient center for children. The facility is scheduled to open in 2022, with 60 private patient rooms and space for programs that address gaps in mental health care in the region, Ferguson officials said.
“One in five children in the U.S. has a diagnosable, treatable mental-health condition, and yet the majority go without either diagnosis or treatment,” said Kevin Murphy, Ferguson CEO. “The need is only trending up, as we are just starting to see the impacts of the pandemic on the social and emotional health of children.
“The children’s mental health crisis has deep and lasting impacts in every facet of our community,” Murphy said. “Ferguson is extremely proud to be part of this endeavor.”
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