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Endowment Gives $50M to Duke Medicine

The Duke University Medical Center accepted its largest single gift ever -- $50 million from the Duke Endowment of Charlotte Monday.

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DURHAM, N.C. — The Duke University Medical Center on Monday accepted its largest single gift ever – $50 million from the Duke Endowment of Charlotte.

Plans call for $35 million to go toward the construction of a Duke University School of Medicine Education Center, which will enhance opportunities for medical students to learn and interact with one another, instructors and clinical and basic research faculty in one location.

The building will include classrooms, lecture halls and gathering areas with movable walls and seating so groups of up to 500 people can be accommodated in one place. The building also will include office space for admissions and educational staff, study and lounge areas for students, a café and bookstore and possibly a fitness center.

The remaining $15 million will be used to create a facility for the McGovern-Davison Children's Health Center at Duke. It will link all inpatient and outpatient services consolidating all pediatric and adolescent beds in a family friendly environment.

In the past, the endowment has funded the main Duke University Hospital building, several research buildings, the children’s health center, the Albert Eye Research Center and the School of Nursing building.

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