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October 15, 2014

Minn. Children's Hospital Gets $25-Million Naming Gift

The University of Minnesota's pediatric hospital has been renamed for Minnesota Masonic Charities in recognition of a $25-million donation, the Star Tribune writes. The philanthropic organization has now given the university more than $125-million over 60 years.

The gift will be used to improve patient care at University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital and advance research in areas such as neurobehavioral development and stem cell therapies for children.

The hospital was previously named for Dr. Kurt Amplatz, an inventor of medical devices who taught at the university for decades, in honor of a $50-million pledge in 2009 by his daughter, Minnesota attorney Caroline Amplatz. After fulfilling the gift ahead of schedule, Ms. Amplatz authorized the university to offer naming rights to another donor.