The Hall Family and have announced a $75 million pledge to in Kansas City, Missouri, for the construction of a medical research building on the hospital's main campus.
The gift from the foundation and the Hall family — one of the largest ever made to a children's hospital in the U.S. and the largest ever received by Children's Mercy — is contingent on passage of a half-cent sales tax in Jackson County to support medical research. If the sales tax is approved, the design phase of the project will begin immediately and will last nine to twelve months. Construction of the building is expected to take two years, and, when the building opens, the first two floors will be dedicated to the new Institute for Translational Medicine of Jackson County.
According to the , Donald J. Hall, Sr. will contribute one-third of the funds, while the rest will come from the foundation he founded.
"This gift eliminates the need for taxpayer dollars to go toward bricks and mortar," said Hall. "It allows the proceeds of the sales tax to go directly toward hiring world-class scientists, researchers, and support staff, and it will provide them with the state-of-the-art equipment they need to find new treatments for today and new cures for tomorrow. The construction of a building of this size will provide a short-term economic boost, but it will be the researchers, their assistants, lab technicians, and the outside resources they will attract, along with the spin-offs of patents and new businesses, that will help shape our city's future."