Michigan Medicine reveals name of new hospital after receiving $50 million gift

ANN ARBOR – Michigan Medicine is celebrating one of its biggest gifts ever by naming its new hospital after D. Dan and Betty Kahn.

The longtime philanthropists’ foundation donated $50 million to the healthcare system, and its new name — the D. Dan and Betty Kahn Healthcare Pavilion — was approved by University of Michigan regents on December 8.

The new 690,000 square foot facility will include 264 private inpatient rooms that can be converted into intensive care units, a state-of-the-art neuroscience center and specialized services for thoracic and cardiovascular care. The hospital will also have 20 surgical suites and three interventional radiology suites.

“Patients and families who come to Michigan Medicine see their lives changed,” UM President Santa J. Ono said in a statement. “We are deeply grateful to the D. Dan and Betty Kahn Foundation for their extraordinary generosity, which will enable us to develop and advance the highly specialized care, innovative research and comprehensive medical education that makes our healthcare system so exceptional.

“This hospital is so important to the legacy of Betty and Dan Kahn and their goal of improving lives through advances in health and science,” Larry Wolfe, President and Trustee of the D. Dan and Betty Kahn Foundation and son-in-law of the Kahns, said in a statement.

“This gift aligns perfectly with the Kahns’ vision and commitment to improving lives. This transformational gift will strengthen Michigan Medicine’s ability to provide increased services to the people of the State of Michigan, as well as a wide cross-section of our country.

“The pandemic has amplified the need for increased, high-quality medical care, training, research and innovation – that’s exactly what Michigan Medicine will do. Giving to the University of Michigan is based on the trust that we, to the foundation, have in the university and its leaders.The Kahn Foundation is proud to make this impactful gift based on need, proper management and stewardship.

According to a statement, the new hospital will relocate beds from the University Hospital’s current semi-private rooms. This will create a total of 154 new beds on the medical campus.

“The generosity of the D. Dan and Betty Kahn Foundation will enable Michigan Medicine to provide patients with increased access essential to receive the highest quality medical care from our world-class providers,” said Marschall Runge, CEO of Michigan Medicine, Dean of UM. Medical School and executive vice president of medical affairs for UM, said in a statement.

“By relieving the high capacity of the University Hospital and having more beds suitable for intensive care, the facility will improve the patient experience for so many. This will be another distinction that will strengthen our academic medical center.

The D. Dan and Betty Kahn Foundation has provided donations to the University of Michigan for nearly 20 years.

In 2011, Dan Kahn established a collaboration between UM and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology called Kahn Symposium. The foundation went on to establish and expand the Michigan-Israel Partnership for Research and Education in 2018. The partnership is an alliance between UM, Technion, and the Weizmann Institute of Science that allows the institutions to collaborate in the areas of medicine , engineering and science.

The foundation made donations in 2004 and 2009 to support cardiovascular care and research at Michigan Medicine. Other areas named in honor of the Kahns include the patient and family reception area of ​​the Frankel Cardiovascular Center and the auditorium of the A. Alfred Taubman Biomedical Sciences Research Building.

“My parents placed an immense value on the power of education and lifelong learning,” Patti Aaron, daughter of Dan and Betty Kahn, and vice president and trustee of the Kahn Foundation, said in a statement. “My father was particularly inspired by scientific discoveries and the possibilities for humanity, and he encouraged the same in his children and grandchildren. My parents’ philanthropy partly reflected these interests by supporting research institutions in world-class health sciences, such as Michigan Medicine.

The new sustainably designed hospital will be located adjacent to the Frankel Cardiovascular Center. The buildings will be connected by a bridge and tunnels.

“With the pavilion, Michigan will have one of the most state-of-the-art hospitals in the nation, which also demonstrates environmental and social responsibility,” David Miller, president of UM Health, said in a statement. . “The D. Dan and Betty Kahn Healthcare Pavilion will be a game-changer for Michigan and our patients, as well as the faculty, staff, and learners who are committed to caring for them.”

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