Children’s Hospital of Orange County receives $30 million donation

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A retired Garden Grove investment banker has made a generous bequest to Children’s Hospital of Orange County. It’s the largest single gift the hospital in Orange has ever received.

Businessman Robert Tidwell died two years ago at the age of 87.

Children’s Hospital of Orange County, or CHOC, announced that Tidwell left his entire $30 million estate to the hospital.

Half that amount will go toward the hospital’s new seven-story tower under construction.

The $585-million project is scheduled for completion in a couple of years. It includes more bed capacity, plus a pediatric emergency department and a new surgery center the hospital will name after Tidwell.

The other half of Tidwell’s donation will go toward developing CHOC’s clinical program, including the recruitment of doctors and researchers.

The CHOC Children’s Foundation says Tidwell toured the hospital before he died and appeared moved. Foundation staff members say he told them that he wanted his money to help children.