New name honors Masonic legacy

The University of Minnesota has renamed its children’s hospital University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital following the announcement of a $25 million gift from Minnesota Masonic Charities and in recognition of the Masons’ legacy of support.

The gift, made public on October 14, will be used to enhance the patient experience for children and families and advance research in areas such as neurobehavioral development, rare and infectious disease, and stem cell therapies. When combined with other gifts the Masonic Fraternity has made over the last six decades — including $75 million to support cancer research and care since 2008 — it brings the Masons’ total support of the University to more than $125 million.

“We are proud of our long-standing partnership with the University of Minnesota,” says Eric Neetenbeek, Minnesota Masonic Charities president and CEO. “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.”

“The University of Minnesota owes a great deal of thanks to Minnesota Masonic Charities for helping us develop leading academic medicine programs that are making a difference in people’s lives,” says University President Eric Kaler, Ph.D. “Top-quality health care is only possible when we have strong community support.”

Published on March 24, 2015