The University of Minnesota’s plans for a new $275 million children’s hospital received a boost last week with the announcement of a $50 million gift.

Caroline Amplatz, the daughter of Dr. Kurt Amplatz — who taught at the university’s medical school and was known for his research and as a pioneer in medical device technology — pledged the funds that will be doled out to the university over the next 12 years. The hospital, which is slated to open in 2011, is to be named for her father.

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