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Wilf Family Center Benefitting U of M Children's Hospital Many Ways

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL — The Wilf Family Center at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's hospital has hosted or is scheduled to host nearly 800 meetings, conferences and events just four months after its unveiling.

The Wilf Family Center was designed to be an intellectual hub, a space in which ideas and advancements in treatment can be exchanged by experts in meetings and conferences with learners here.

A telehealth room incorporates video-conference technology allows communication at other parts of the University of Minnesota's campus and hospitals across the globe.

The Wilf Family Center opened in February and was made possible by a $5 million gift from the Wilf Family Foundation in December 2013.

The center includes an accessible-to-all 203-seat auditorium equipped with an adjustable seating arrangement to accommodate medical devices, as well as a high-tech video screen that can display multiple types of images simultaneously. The video board also provides an opportunity to show patients movies in a comfortable setting.

The Wilf Family Center is capable of hosting large- and medium-scale instructional activities with medical learners that range from annual conferences and summits to weekly and monthly meetings. The state-of-the-art space also can host executive leadership activities, volunteer and donor events and patient/family activities like:

  • John Sullivan's Huddle
  • Patient and Family Spa Day
  • Superhero Day
  • Cracked Walnut Reading Event
  • Annual Turtle Derby

Since 1964, the Wilf Family Foundation has provided more than $200 million in support for educational, humanitarian, medical, religious and scientific institutions, including Minnesota-based Starkey Hearing Foundation, the United Way, the Walker Art Gallery and Jewish causes.

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