New Wilf Family Center unveiled at U’s Masonic Children’s Hospital

University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital has a new hub for information sharing among pediatrics specialists that will also serve as a gathering place for patients and families: the Wilf Family Center.

Designed to be the intellectual center of children’s health care in the Midwest, the center is named in honor of the Wilf Family Foundation and its $5 million gift in December 2013 to build the center and support its initial operations. The name was unveiled at a February 11 press event.

“Over the past 10 years, Minnesota has become a second home for our family,” says Zygi Wilf, who is an owner and chairman of the Minnesota Vikings. “This gift was an opportunity to show our appreciation for the community in a way that will have a lasting impact.”

The Wilf Family Center includes an auditorium, two conference rooms, and a telehealth room that allows communication between patients and medical staff, as well as technology to transmit medical, imaging, and health informatics data from one site to another. Advance conferencing capabilities make the center an ideal site for hosting professional symposia and workshops.

The auditorium also is designed to accommodate patients’ medical needs, so that hospitalized children and their families can enjoy the space as well. The center will host movie premieres, special performances, and opportunities to meet local celebrities, including members of the Minnesota Vikings and other teams.

Young patients who are unable to leave their rooms can still enjoy the events through an in-hospital broadcasting system.

The Wilf Family Center's two conference rooms

“The Wilf Family Center provides an important and accessible way for children and their families to have fun and forget they are in a hospital, which is so important to the healing process,” says Carolyn Wilson, R.N., copresident of University of Minnesota Health.

In its 50-year history, the Wilf Family Foundation has donated more than $200 million to various charitable causes, including several in Minnesota since the Wilfs purchased the Vikings in 2005.

Published on May 18, 2015