SAINT FRANCIS RECEIVES $12.5 MILLION DONATION - Anonymous Gift Will Support Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute

(HARTFORD, Conn.) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has received the largest-ever private gift in its 111-year history, earmarked to support the work of the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut at the Hospital.

The anticipated value of the gift, the bequest of an estate from an anonymous donor, is placed at $12.5 million.

“This is the third major gift that we have received in the last 18 months,” said Christopher M. Dadlez, Saint Francis’ President and Chief Executive Officer. “These three gifts, totaling more than $23 million, are a reflection of the faith and confidence that the residents of the Greater Hartford area have in our Hospital.”

Established in 1991, the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut is the oldest heart and vascular institute in Southern New England. It provides a complete range of state-of-the-art diagnostic and interventional technologies for heart and vascular conditions.

“This generous action of remembering Saint Francis in the donor’s estate plan will allow us to remain in the forefront of heart and vascular disease,” said Paul Pendergast, President of the Saint Francis Foundation. “We are extremely grateful for this magnanimous and truly unprecedented support.”

Founded in 1897, Saint Francis is a major teaching hospital licensed for 617 acute inpatient beds and 65 bassinets and is the largest Catholic hospital in New England.