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Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation gives largest gift ever to St. Luke's Hospital

Updated: 2013-12-12T04:17:17Z

By DIANE STAFFORD

The Kansas City Star

The single largest donation ever received by St. Luke’s Hospital has been given by the Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation.

The $12 million commitment is designated for neuroscience research and programs.

The hospital system is recognizing the gift by renaming its Neuroscience Institute as the St. Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute.

The gift builds on a long history of philanthropy by the Bloch family in Kansas City in general and to the hospital in particular.

The couple three years ago committed a lead gift of $3 million to the hospital’s campaign to renovate the main campus near the Country Club Plaza. They also gave $1.5 million to create a gastroenterology chair and $1.5 million for the hospital’s liver disease management and transplant clinic.

Henry Bloch is a member of the hospital board and a trustee emeritus of the St. Luke’s Foundation. He said he hopes the gift will support expanded work at the neuroscience institute.

The Bloch Family Foundation was established in 2011. Its philanthropy is focused on the Kansas City area, with special emphasis on St. Luke’s, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The St. Luke’s system has 10 hospitals plus several clinics and health services in the Kansas City area.

To reach Diane Stafford, call 816-234-4359 or send email to stafford@kcstar.com.

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