Advancing Children’s Health at Masonic Children’s Hospital
In October 2014, a gift from Minnesota Masonic Charities prompted the renaming of the Children’s Hospital at University of Minnesota to “Masonic Children’s Hospital.” The gift of $25 million provided Minnesota Masonry with the ability to meaningfully impact the health and well being of children in Minnesota and around the globe.
Affiliated with the University of Minnesota Medical School, the hospital not only provides uncompromising care, but groundbreaking research and premiere training — two-thirds of Minnesota’s pediatricians and 80 percent of the region’s pediatric specialists train there.
Hospital doctors apply innovative approaches, pioneering discoveries, treatments, devices and protocols that have implications around the world. The first successful pediatric blood marrow transplant was performed at the hospital, as well as the first infant heart transplant in Minnesota and the first cochlear ear implant surgery for a child, among other “firsts.”
In addition, University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital is home to Minnesota’s only children’s behavioral inpatient unit with programming exclusively devoted to children ages 12 and younger. And it features on of the three largest kidney transplant programs in the world, specializing in infants and small children.
As part of our ongoing support of the amazing work done at Masonic Children’s Hospital, we developed the “Masonic Mission Awards.” These quarterly awards allow patients, families and staff members to nominate an exceptional caregiver at the hospital. Nominations are then vetted and a winner named. Masonic Mission Award Winners are recognized in a celebratory gathering and are provided a gift certificate and certificate of recognition. Check out recent winners, and their incredible stories, below.