Challenge met!

June 16, 2016

Philanthropist's gift for new Cambridge Tower A 'provided tremendous boost' for hospital's largest ever capital campaign

Kansas City, Kan. — Generous donors have ensured the Annette Bloch $10 Million Challenge Grant was met – a month early.

In November 2014, the philanthropist challenged the community to raise $10 million by June 30, 2016, to support The University of Kansas Hospital's Cambridge Tower A. She promised to match this with a $10 million gift earmarked to expand surgical cancer care in the new facility.

Individuals, foundations and corporate donors met her challenge by the end of May. 

"I knew the support for the hospital was so great it could meet this challenge," Bloch said during the June 13 announcement. "My hope is this success will add to the momentum of raising even more money to support the project."

President and CEO Bob Page said Bloch's gift provided a tremendous boost for the hospital's largest ever capital campaign. "Thanks to Annette's $10 million gift and the generosity of countless others, these gifts have helped us achieve nearly $43 million of our $100 million campaign goal for the new tower," he said.

Plans for the $350 million Cambridge Tower A were announced in 2014 and expanded in 2015. The facility's plan now totals 13 floors, including a lower underground level and a mechanical penthouse.

In addition to housing the fast-growing specialties of surgical oncology, neurosciences and ear, nose and throat, the building will also include imaging, lab and a pharmacy. A 2,200-space parking garage is planned nearby.

The first section of the building will be finished in 2017, while the four-floor expansion will be completed in 2018. Current plans call for only one of the four floors in the expansion to be readied as a patient unit in 2018, with the other three floors available for future growth.

"This project is vital to expanding access to cancer services in surgical oncology, as well as other services in neurosciences and ear, nose and throat," Bloch said. "Demand in these areas is growing at a rapid rate and the hospital needs the facilities and technology to meet the needs of these patients."

"A key way to honor Annette's leadership is to meet our $100 million philanthropic goal for Cambridge Tower A," Page said. "We are nearly $43 million now. Meeting her challenge only motivates us to keep going to meet our goal."

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