For a better experience, click the Compatibility Mode icon above to turn off Compatibility Mode, which is only for viewing older websites.

St. Christopher’s Hospital

St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children

Donors and a new fund support COVID-19 care at Drexel for vulnerable patients and families

Low-income and underserved communities are among those populations which have been especially vulnerable to both the health and economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. In line with our commitment to civic engagement and with support from generous donors, Drexel is increasing services to care for our neighbors, including patients and families at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in North Philadelphia, a joint venture of Drexel and Tower Health. 

As of early July, 192 donors, including many alumni, have given more than $130,000 to support the Emergency Fund for Families at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. This includes a grant from a new joint venture, the PHL COVID-19 Fund.

In addition, food donations from Drexel alumni and friends, adding up to thousands of meals, have helped patient families and staff at St. Christopher’s. Blair Christie ’94, ’99 gave a significant number of meals through Project Isaiah, a food drive which provides boxed meals in large cities across the U.S. Sharing Excess, a non-profit launched by Evan Ehlers ’19 when he was a student in the Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship, donated meals that were redistributed from grocery stores, restaurants, university dining halls and other providers in the Philadelphia region. 

Drexel medical students, as well as scientists and membership department staff at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, have been among many donors to give or coordinate gifts of personal protective equipment and other supplies to the hospital.

In April, the PHL COVID-19 Fund (a joint venture between the Philadelphia Foundation and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey) awarded a $40,000 grant to St. Christopher’s Hospital to support its work caring for COVID-19 patients. The PHL COVID-19 Fund aids nonprofits in the Philadelphia region that are on the front line of the pandemic, providing urgent resources to at-risk populations such as seniors, people with disabilities and those who are experiencing homelessness or are economically disadvantaged. The PHL COVID-19 Fund awarded a smaller grant to the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services, a clinical practice operated by the College of Nursing and Health Professions. During the pandemic, 11th Street Family Health has continued to deliver primary, behavioral and dental care to vulnerable and low-income patients, partly through increased use of telemedicine technology enabling patients to communicate with the practice from their homes.

You are making a real difference for many children and their families.

St. Christopher’s Hospital provides care to children and youths (through age 21) through its main hospital in North Philadelphia and a growing network of primary and specialty care locations throughout the Philadelphia suburbs and New Jersey. It also provides accredited pediatric training to students at Drexel’s College of Medicine. Most physicians at St. Christopher’s are also on the College of Medicine faculty. Almost 40 percent of children treated there live in poverty and the congressional district where the hospital is located is the second poorest in the U.S.

St. Christopher’s intends to use the emergency funding for basic supply needs, including thermometers which patient families can use at home to track the temperature of household members, breast pumping supplies and gift cards which patients can use at supermarkets and grocery stores, and to pay rent and utilities. It also seeks to provide transportation to help families visit in-patient children or to attend check-ups, follow-up appointments and meetings with social workers. There also is a need for equipment to support the increasing number of virtual telemedicine visits, including cameras and tablet computers for both clinicians and patients.

Outside of the emergency fund, Drexel has contributed medical-grade personal protective equipment. Creating medical masks and face shields, many of which have been donated to St. Christopher’s, has been one of more than a dozen urgent action projects initiated by Drexel’s Office of Research and Innovation and funded through gifts from the University’s Board of Trustees.

“From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank everyone who is supporting patients and families at St. Christopher’s,” said Renee M. Turchi, MD, MPH, FAAP, interim pediatrician in chief at St. Christopher’s, professor and interim chair of pediatrics at the College of Medicine and clinical professor in community health and prevention at the Dornsife School of Public Health. “You are making a real difference for many children and their families. They are so grateful.”

Support the Emergency Fund for Families at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
Bentley Hall

Building an intellectual oasis for living and learning


Dornsife Endowed Professorship applies statistics to advance environmental health

Campaign Conclusion

The Future Is a Place We Make Concludes With Record-Breaking Alumni and Donor Engagement


Endowed chair advances diversity, equity and inclusion

Center for Law

Understanding the nexus of law and technology


Support for achieving academic and personal success

BAILEY Don Linda

Supporting co-op opportunities that strengthen communities


Inspired by alumnus, TransDigm supports women in business and engineering

emergency funding

In an extraordinary time, helping Drexel students stay the course

Fox Collection Gift

New artist-in-residence program and support for costume collection

Girija Kaimal

Investigating the healing power of art


Creating Pathways Toward a Debt-Free Graduation

Jeff and Sue Walker

Transforming ideas into discovery in engineering and public health


Supporting engineering PhDs in a “personal” program

Kathleen Disney

Advancing Underrepresented Students and Civic Partnerships

Kristin Newell

In her first year, already researching what’s next (in retail)

Lindy Family Charitable Foundation

Gift advances Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation

Lisa and John McNichol

Accelerating “cradle to career” opportunities for children

Marios Market

A lifeline for students in need

Raj Suri photo

Neuro-business solutions use data with a difference

Fox Collection Gift

Helping Students Launch Creative Careers

Rob Ross photo

A new path to make the world better

Sara Ali

From community college to medical school, fueled by scholarships

Schleyer Foundation

Alumni family supports future leaders in medicine


Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession

Fox Collection Gift

Establishing a Hub for Collaborative Study

St. Christopher’s Hospital

Donors and a new fund support COVID-19 care at Drexel for vulnerable patients and families

St. Christopher's Carnival

11th Annual Back to School Carnival supports kids and families

Center for Black Culture

New Center for Black Culture advances diversity and inclusion at Drexel


Accelerating COVID-19 solutions

David Han

Endowed professorship advances artificial intelligence

Dana and David Dornsife

Transformative gift establishes Center on Racism and Health


Collaborations that spark new industries and change lives


From lab to village, a revolution in breast cancer detection

Patty Giordano

Alumni leader has deep Drexel roots

Jeffrey Stockbridge, ’05

Art is a tool for social awareness and change

ribbon cutting

Leveraging a strategic opportunity leads to increased community engagement

Amish Desai, LeBow College of Business

An entrepreneurial approach to doing well and doing good

Benjamin Kay

Basketball creates opportunities, social change for underserved youth


Catalyst for Innovation and Immersive Experiences


Endowed professorship advances research on first responder safety

Entrepreneurs launch games with a social purpose

Entrepreneurs launch games with a social purpose

Hunger Free

Combating food insecurity through financial coaching and peer support

Danielle Fernandez, MPH ’15

She combats disease with data

Daniel Navin ’17

Engineers of life-saving protection for innocent bystanders

Keith and Carly

Co-ops at the cutting edge of technology and design

Jim Bean

Trustee’s challenge gift amplifies athletics and donor impact

Jeechieu Ta

Scholarship funds activate student success

Evan Ehlers

In a time of crisis, co-op shaped venture makes a difference

Paving the way for lifesaving plasma research

Paving the way for lifesaving plasma research

Five Five

Crafting stories that matter

Collapsible bike helmet

Saving bikers’ lives, with style

Wilson A. Foust

Two sons preserve a father's legacy with a scholarship

Rachel E. López, Director, Community Lawyering Clinic

Legal scholar mentors law students

Samuella Takyi-Buachie, LeBow ’17

Aiming to make a huge impact on global health

Nicole Kalitsi

Philanthropic support enables career-defining nonprofit co-op

Project SEARCH unleashes the potential of young adults with autism

Project SEARCH unleashes the potential of young adults with autism


Contact Us


Mail your gift to:

Drexel University
P.O. Box 8215
Philadelphia, PA 19101-9684

Give Now