Friday brought a big gift for the Children's Hospital at UMC, from a long time member of the Foundation board.
Adolph Hanslik has been a leader in the cotton industry with a passion for UMC and its healthcare services, particularly when it comes to kids. So Friday at McInturff Center, in a room full of city leaders, health professionals, and Mr Hanslik's family and friends, UMC President Jim Courtney announced a generous gift from Adolph Hanslik of $1.5 million...the most significant gift ever received by the UMC Health System.
Dr. Chris Blewett told the crowd that money will go a long way in providing the best technology for kids.
"You simply can not provide state of the art services without dollars. That's just a reality," said Dr. Blewett, Medical Director for UMC Children's Hospital.
"So this is an important gift?" asked NewsChannel 11.
"Oh, this is huge," he replied.
Mr. Hanslik, himself, surprised the crowd and took the mike to praise the work of UMC. Then the tables were turned to surprise him with the unveiling of a portrait of him by renown artist Paul Milosevich.
That portrait will be displayed in the UMC lobby to commemorate the generosity of Adolph Hanslik.