Fairview Health Services and the University of Minnesota have announced a $50 million pledge from attorney Caroline Amplatz to support the programs and infrastructure needed for pediatric research and care in the newly renamed University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital.
The gift, which Amplatz made to honor her father, former university professor and medical device pioneer Kurt Amplatz, will be distributed to the university over twelve years. Scheduled to open in mid-2011, the 96-bed facility will include a pediatric hybrid catheterization lab designed to accommodate both a surgical team and an interventional cardiology team to treat children with damaged hearts. The gift also will provide support for Adopt A Room, a program that creates family-friendly private rooms with special features that pediatric patients can control themselves.
"I am thankful that all of you have joined me in honoring my father as a humanitarian," said Caroline Amplatz. "Today we can celebrate for the children and their families who will benefit from this new hospital. My hope is that the Amplatz Children's Hospital will follow in my father's footsteps with steadfast and unrelenting determination to improve and save lives."