Tennis star's name may come off hospital

Dec. 16, 2007 at 6:56 PM
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Retired U.S. tennis star Chris Evert's name may come off the Florida hospital where she and her children were born.

The Chris Evert Children's Hospital, which is part of Broward General Medical Center, may become a stand-alone institution and no longer be a part of the county hospital, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Sunday.

In the hopes of raising money rather than depending wholly on taxpayers, hospital district President and Chief Executive Alan Levine has encouraged hospital district commissioners to consider finding another celebrity who could provide a higher profile name for fundraising.

Another option includes naming a women's health center for Evert and the children's hospital for a major athlete, the newspaper reported.

Tami Starr, director of Chris Evert Charities, said there isn't any problem with having the Evert name associated with a women's health center and having another celebrity's name on the children's hospital.

"We're aware of that. We think that's fine. Chrissie likes being affiliated with them," she said. "We just want to help wherever we're best suited and makes the most sense."

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