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Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation gives Children’s Minnesota $1M to complete the first neurosurgery suite in U.S. used exclusively for children

Investment will provide the most sophisticated equipment and technology available to treat pediatric neurological conditions

Minneapolis, Minn. – July 11, 2016 – The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, established in 2004 by Best Buy founder, Dick Schulze, has given $1 million to Children’s Minnesota to complete a state-of-the-art Pediatric Neurosurgery Suite at its St. Paul Campus. The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Pediatric Neurosurgery Suite will be one of the few in the U.S. to provide this type of surgical services exclusively to children, and will use the most advanced equipment and technology available to treat a range of nervous system illnesses and injuries in children, specifically spine and epilepsy surgeries.

“Our partnership with Children’s Minnesota aims to help advance the quality of care for kids,” said Mark Dienhart, Ph.D., president & CEO of the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. “Children’s Minnesota is already nationally known for exceptional care, and with this support will now have the latest technologies and best facilities to continue pushing the boundaries in advancing pediatric neurological care.”

Children’s Minnesota is already home to the Karen and George Benz Family Pediatric Neuroscience Center which opened in 2013 at its St. Paul campus. The Center performs the majority of pediatric brain-based surgeries in Minnesota and provides care for children who have a spectrum of neurological conditions such as brain tumors, epilepsy, spina bifida, congenital disorders, craniofacial disorders, spinal degeneration, and injuries resulting from trauma (such as concussions).

The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Pediatric Neurosurgery Suite resides within the Children’s Minnesota surgery center in St. Paul. Suite upgrades, slated to be completed in 2017, will feature high-tech equipment, technology and instrumentation to allow for more precise and less invasive interventions. Utilizing the latest technology in neurosurgery procedures reduces risk of infection and can speed patient recovery times.

“The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Pediatric Neurosurgery Suite will improve the quality of care for our patients by significantly improving our ability to perform epilepsy-related and complex spinal surgeries, among other procedures,” said Joseph Petronio, MD, surgical director of pediatric neurosurgery at Children’s Minnesota. “This upgraded suite will allow us to attract top talent, address more complex cases, share our outcomes, and engage in vital research that will yield improvements for pediatric care everywhere.”

Since 2012, donors have contributed more than $8 million and Children’s has invested more than $60 million to advance neuroscience care.


About Children’s Minnesota

Children’s Minnesota is one of the largest pediatric health systems in the United States and the only health system in Minnesota to provide care exclusively to children, from before birth through young adulthood. An independent and not-for-profit system since 1924, Children’s Minnesota serves kids throughout the Upper Midwest at two free-standing hospitals, 12 primary and specialty-care clinics and six rehabilitation sites. Children’s Minnesota maintains its longstanding commitment to the community to improve children’s health by providing high-quality, family-centered pediatric services and advancing those efforts through research and education. This work is made possible in large part by generous philanthropic and volunteer support from individuals and organizations throughout the state and region. An award-winning health system, Children’s Minnesota is regularly ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a top children’s hospital and by The Leapfrog Group for quality and efficiency. Please visit

Becky Sonka