Akron -- Akron Children's Hospital is the recipient of a $1 million gift from Tom and Joy Murdough of Hudson for the hospital's Building on the Promise capital campaign. In recognition of their gift, the lobby in the new medical building on the Akron campus will be named "The Murdough Family Lobby."

"Joy and I feel strongly about what the hospital has done for this community," Tom said. "Our children have received care at Akron Children's, and because of that, it has been an important part of our lives for many years. We are honored to be able to give back to the hospital."

Akron Children's officially broke ground on the new building in May 2013, and it's expected to open next spring. The facility will house a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, emergency department, outpatient surgery center, and labor and delivery unit for high-risk newborns.

This is the largest capital campaign undertaken on behalf of Akron Children's in its 124-year history. To date, the hospital has raised more than $26.2 million through widespread support from individuals, companies, employees and private foundations.

"We are so grateful for this gift from Tom and Joy Murdough," said Bill Considine, president and CEO of Akron Children's Hospital. "They are champions for our community, and their generosity will impact thousands of patients and families for years to come."

Tom and Joy raised four sons in Hudson. Tom is the founder of Little Tikes and Step2 companies. Tom previously served on the Akron Children's Hospital board of directors.

Visit building.akronchildrens.org to learn more about Akron Children's Building on the Promise campaign.