Colt McCoy at the news conference Monday. (Photo by Lauren Westbrook)
TEMPLE (July 12, 2010)—Former University of Texas quarterback Colt McCoy is joining with Scott & White Healthcare in a two-phase effort to raise $50 million to build the only children’s hospital between Dallas and Austin.
McCoy appeared Monday at a news conference in Temple announcing the partnership to raise funds to renovate King’s Daughters Hospital in Temple, which merged with Scott & White in April 2009, into a 64-bed comprehensive medical and surgical pediatric hospital.
It’s slated to open in late 2011.
McCoy, who was drafted by the Cleveland Browns, said he knows firsthand what it’s like to live far from a pediatric facility.
His younger brother Case once required treatment for a rare skin condition, which meant a two-hour drive and weekend stays in hotels.
“Children and their families will no longer have to drive great distances to receive the highest standard of care,” he said.
“It’s my privilege to lend my support in making this children’s hospital a reality for so many people in my home state.”
The goal of the first phase of the campaign is $35 million and officials said Monday about $6 million has already been raised.
The remaining $15 million will be raised after renovations are complete.
“We have always received tremendous support from the communities we serve,” said Dr. John Boyd, chief executive officer and chief medical officer to The Children’s Hospital at Scott & White.
“This partnership with Colt McCoy will give us additional momentum in philanthropy effort that will bring the absolute best medical care available to the children of our area.”