University of Minnesota Receives Early Fulfillment of Transformational Health Gifts

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The University of Minnesota Foundation today announced that Caroline Amplatz has made early fulfillment of several pledged gifts in support of pediatric care, education and research and has relinquished naming rights to the children’s hospital, creating an opportunity for another named donor.

In 2009 Amplatz pledged the leading gift of $50 million to help build a state-of-the-art children’s hospital, which opened in May 2011.  She later made an additional gift of $11.2 million to improve the hospital’s pediatric behavioral health facilities.  In 2011, she pledged $1 million to support medical research through the Amplatz Scholars Research Award.

Amplatz has fully satisfied her hospital gift, ahead of schedule, and has relinquished the hospital naming rights, thereby giving the hospital the opportunity to seek another naming gift.  She also has paid the other two pledges in advance.

"I am glad to support the important work done by the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital, its physicians and staff, and its partners in pediatric research breakthroughs and care," said Amplatz.  “Decades ago, the University had the foresight to recruit my father and some of the most talented doctors in the world.  That global focus has carried on through the children’s hospital and has been consistent with my passion and commitment to global health.  I have been honored to be a part of it.”

“Caroline Amplatz’s generosity to the University of Minnesota for children is unmatched,” says Carolyn Wilson, president of University of Minnesota Medical Center. “We are grateful for her support of our clinical, education, research, and global health missions.  Her gifts ensure that children facing health challenges will be cared for in state of the art facilities.”

Amplatz established the scholars award in the name of her father, Kurt Amplatz, M.D., who was a professor of radiology at the University from 1957 to 1997, a world-renowned pioneer in interventional radiology and pediatric cardiology.