Seattle Children's gets $60M gift -- second largest in hospital history

Seattle Children's. (File photo)

SEATTLE -- Seattle Children's has been given a gift that will likely total more than $60 million and will go to help families in need and to pay for uncompensated care.

The gift, the second largest in the hospital's 111-year history, comes from the estate of Bruce Leven, a Mercer Island resident and businessman who died in September.

The gift will support uncompensated care through the Bruce Leven Endowed Fund.

The money will help Children's continue to provide more than $164 million in help families in need, the hospital said. The endowment will also support uncompensated care within pediatric cancer care, including the Strong Against Cancer initiative.

It will also help uncompensated care at Children's Odessa Brown Children's Clinic, which manages 40,000 patient visits each year.

"We are deeply grateful for Bruce’s incredible generosity in leaving behind a lasting legacy that will help us say yes to hope, care and cure for every child in our region,” said Dr. Jeff Sperring, Seattle Children’s chief executive officer, in a statement. “Kids need us now more than ever. It is gifts like these from our community that will ensure we will be able to meet these growing needs now and into the future.”

Leven acquired and later sold Bayside Disposal and founded the Bayside Automotive Group. He was a racecar enthusiast and car collector and took part in and donated to Seattle Children’s Society of Vintage Racing Enthusiasts guild events, benefiting uncompensated care.

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