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The family of  Herman J. Russell, the namesake of large Atlanta development and construction firm H.J. Russell & Co., gave $1 million to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding for hospital expansion.

Russell said, “This was our family’s chance to give a lasting gift that will ensure children now — and in the future — are cared for in a proper facility that has a pediatric focus, which is important since we know that children fare better when treated in a child-centered setting.”

His son, Michael, was born at what was then called Hughes Spalding Pavilion. The gift is part of a $4.8 million critical-needs drive by the hospital.