Published On: Thu, Nov 20th, 2014

H&R Block Co-Founder’s Widow Gives Kansas Hospital $10 Million

Annette Bloch

Annette Bloch, the widow of H&R Block co-founder Richard Bloch, has donated $10 million to the University of Kansas Hospital.

The donation, however, came with the proviso that the local community match her donation by June 2016. The hospital got off to a good start at meeting that deadline having already brought in$1.37 million. Including Bloch’s gift, it has raised a total of $34 million so far.

The money will go towards a $279 million expansion of the hospital which will include an 83 bed addition. It will also build a new tower on the corner of 39th and Cambridge streets which will house surgical oncology, neurology, neurosurgery and ear nose & throat specialists.

Speaking via video at a news conference yesterday Bloch said she “hopes and expects the community to step up and support this important issue. There’s a wonderful feeling of power when you’re able to give, and to give something that you know will help so many people and save lives. And in your lifetime, if you can even save one life, it’s a wonderful thing to be able to do.”

This is not the first time that the hospital has benefited from Mrs. Bloch’s largesse. In 2008 she gave KU Hospital $20 million to expand its cancer services.

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