CHOP has always been committed to providing high quality primary care to patients in our own backyard as well as around the world. Through a generous donation by Athena and Nicholas Karabots, we have built a new, state-of-the-art Primary Care Center at 48th and Market streets. Our Primary Care Centers at 36th and Market streets and 39th and Chestnut streets merged to form this new center that provides primary and preventive healthcare services to underserved children in the West Philadelphia area. Care Network sites in South Philadelphia and Cobbs Creek will remain open to provide services to children in those areas.
Nicholas Karabots is the Chairman of the Spartan Organization, Inc. and its family of companies, which includes Kappa Publishing Group Inc., the largest publisher of puzzle magazines in the nation. He and his family are well known for their philanthropic efforts. The Karabots have made major contributions to create the Karabots Center for MRI Diagnostics at Montgomery Hospital and contributed to various causes that focus on youth and inner cities. The Karabots Foundation has been a major contributor to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pediatric Care Center opened in January 2013.
We will work closely with the community and its leaders to make a positive impact by providing quality pediatric care and sharing resources to meet the needs of families in West Philadelphia.
Part of the planning process for this new Center was to consider the existing children's health providers in West Philadelphia, and determine if there is enough need for the pediatric services it will provide. We are certain that the new facility will benefit families, and will enhance the care that is currently provided in this community, rather than replace it.