Boston Children’s, Brigham and Women’s each receive $50M donation

Rob and Karen Hale have given $50 million to both Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Rob serves as CEO of Granite Telecommunications, but the couple has ties to both hospitals.

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Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital each just got a belated (and hefty) holiday gift.

Rob and Karen Hale have given $50 million to each hospital.

The $50 million ties for the biggest gift for Boston Children’s. The money marks the largest ever single gift for Brigham and Women’s Hospital, according to The Boston Globe.

The Hale couple serves on the trust board for Boston Children’s. Additionally, Karen is on the Brigham and Women’s cancer advisory board, while Rob is chair of the hospital’s Life.Giving.Breakthroughs. campaign.

In a statement, Rob called the institutions “international leaders in their research and understanding of diseases.”

To recognize the gift, Boston Children’s will name its yet-to-be-built clinical building in honor of the Hale family. The 11-story building will include a heart center and a 30-bed NICU.

Brigham and Women’s plans to name its newly opened structure the Hale Building for Transformative Medicine. The building includes the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases, the Evergrande Center for Immunologic Diseases, The Neurosciences Center, the Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation, the Brigham Innovation Hub and the Orthopaedics and Arthritis Center, as well as an imaging center and an infusion suite.

“Their extraordinary generosity will fuel innovation and discovery that will one day eradicate some o the world’s most complex diseases and conditions,” Betsy Nabel, president Brigham and Women’s, noted in a statement.

Rob Hale is CEO of Quincy, Massachusetts-based Granite Telecommunications, a company that appears to have an interest in philanthropy. In April 2017, it gave $5 million to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its annual Saving by Shaving event.

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