The gift will be used to enhance the patient experience for children and families and advance research in areas such as neurobehavioral development, rare and infectious diseases, and stem cell therapies. In recognition of the gift, which boosts Minnesota Masonic Charities' total support for the university to more than $125 million over the last six decades, the hospital will be renamed University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. MMC's previous gifts to the university include a $65 million naming gift in 2008 for the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center, which was built a half-century earlier thanks in part to a gift from the fraternal organization.
"We are proud of our longstanding partnership with the University of Minnesota," said Minnesota Masonic Charities president and CEO Eric Neetenbeek. "The Masonic fraternity is passionate about helping Minnesotans lead longer and healthier lives. By supporting the children's hospital, we hope to facilitate new treatments and cures that will benefit patients and families across the state and around the world."