$50M donation to name new U children’s hospital

After 40 years of medical research at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Kurt AmplatzâÄôs name will be on more than simply research papers. Caroline Amplatz, daughter of former University professor and medical devices inventor Amplatz, has donated $50 million to the University for its new childrenâÄôs hospital, which will now be named after her father, the University announced Tuesday. The hospital, which will be called the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital, will be located on the West Bank campus when it is completed in 2011. The $50 million gift is the second-largest in the schoolâÄôs history, and itâÄôs the third gift to top $40 million in the past year. Caroline Amplatz, a board member of the University Pediatrics Foundation, said she hadnâÄôt discussed the donation with her father before she pledged the money ten days ago. Kurt Amplatz, 84, worked at the University for 40 years. He holds more than 30 patents and has written 75 books. Frank Cerra, University senior vice president of health sciences, called Amplatz the âÄúfather of Interventional radiologyâÄù and described him as unsung and humble. âÄúEvery day heâÄôs alive this world is a better place,âÄù Caroline Amplatz said. âÄúI hope the hospital can follow in his footsteps, because if it does, it will be the best in the world.âÄù Kurt Amplatz was skiing Tuesday and was unable to attend the announcement of the gift, Mark Eustis, President and CEO of Fairview Health Services said. âÄúThe University of Minnesota ChildrenâÄôs Hospital is a home for breakthrough discoveries,âÄù University President Bob Bruininks said. âÄúI think it celebrates an even brighter future for childrenâÄôs health and the University of Minnesota.âÄù Caroline AmplatzâÄôs gift will be paid over 12 years. Last spring, the Minnesota Masonic Charities donated $65 million to the University for cancer research, which is the largest donation in University history. In December, Best Buy founder Richard Schulze pledged $40 million for research into diabetes. The Amplatz ChildrenâÄôs Hospital will be a 227,000-square-foot, 96-bed facility. It will house services such as bone marrow transplant, pediatric transplant and neonatal care, Eustis said. It will cost $275 million âÄî $100 million of which will come from donations. âÄúI think the name is a lot better than having a corporate name on top of the building,âÄù Eustis said. âÄîDevin Henry is a senior staff reporter.