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November 13, 2015

$40 Million Gift to Boost Memphis Hospital's Transplant Work

Methodist University Hospital has received an anonymous $40 million donation aimed in part at expanding the Memphis facility's organ transplant center, reports The Commercial Appeal.

Half of the gift will go to the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute for equipment and upgrading patient rooms. The institute drew national attention in 2009 when the late Apple founder Steve Jobs, battling cancer, received a liver transplant there.

Methodist officials said the donor earmarked the other $20 million to support advanced research at the nearby  University of Tennessee Health Science Center. The gift buttresses an ongoing $2.8 billion transformation of the Medical District, a cluster of health-care institutions on the edge of downtown Memphis.