Completion of the new Cambridge North Tower for The University of Kansas Hospital moved a step closer with a $1 million gift from Dr. William Reed and his wife Mary.
Dr. Reed is a pioneering heart surgeon in Kansas City and has led the resurgence of the heart program at The University of Kansas Hospital since 2001. He serves as the chair of Cardiovascular Diseases at the hospital. He and his wife Mary have made several major gifts to the hospital, including donations to the Center for Advanced Heart Care for the Dr. William and Mary Reed Surgery Center and to re-establish the heart transplant program. He calls the revitalization of the heart program at The University of Kansas Hospital “the most rewarding part of my career.”
One thing that makes this gift a little out of the ordinary is the heart program is not going to be part of the Cambridge North Building. Dr. Reed says while his beloved heart program won’t be a direct beneficiary of the new building, he believes it is important to support the other specialties that supported the rapid growth of the heart program, as well as making the entire hospital stronger and more accessible to patients.
The Cambridge North Patient Tower is under construction at 39th and Cambridge Street, just northeast of the existing hospital buildings. The 92-bed, 12 operating room facility will house two of the fastest growing specialty areas at the hospital: neurosciences and surgical oncology, including Ear, Nose and Throat cancers.
The 92 beds will include 28 intensive care beds. The facility will also include imaging, lab and pharmacy.
As announced in 2014, the project’s goal is to raise $100 million through philanthropy. The effort has raised $38.6 million. That includes a $10 million dollar challenge grant from philanthropist Annette Bloch. The hospital reports it has raised nearly $5.84 million toward the challenge. The Reed gift is matched by this challenge.
The hospital receives no state or local tax appropriations since it became an independent state authority in 1998.
The $279 million eight-story project is designed by Canon Design and J.E. Dunn Construction is the general contractor. Plans call for the building to be ready for patients in 2017.