Mike Miller donates $1 million to children's hospital
Many children view him as a hero because of his skill
as a basketball player and his numerous charitable and volunteer efforts.
Today, children around the country have another reason to think of Mike
Miller as a hero.
Sanford Health announced today during a groundbreaking
ceremony for a new children’s hospital building that Mitchell, South Dakota
native and NBA player Mike Miller and his wife Jennifer are donating $1
million to help ill children. The money will establish the Mike and
Jennifer Miller Endowment Fund which will provide support for Sanford
Children’s Hospital. Out of tremendous gratitude, Sanford has named its
pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) the Mike and Jennifer Miller Pediatric
Intensive Care Unit.
“Everybody in South Dakota knows Mike as a basketball player,” says Sanford
Health president and CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft. “Mike and Jen will long be
remembered for their charity and philanthropy. Mike’s basketball life is
being used for much more than what people see...he and Jen are going to
directly impact the lives of children and families. Mike and his family are
a blessing to our region and its people.”
Sanford Health officially broke ground on a new Sanford Children’s Hospital
building today during a ceremony in Sioux Falls. With an anticipated
completion of 2009, this new building will provide inpatient, outpatient
and clinic services for pediatric patients and their families in a
family-centered environment designed to meet the unique healing needs of
children. A leader in children’s healthcare for nearly a century, Sanford
Children’s will continue to revolutionize healthcare with this new facility
and the care provided by the most comprehensive and diverse team of
pediatric physicians, pediatric staff and services in the region. The new
building will also serve as a home base for five new pediatric clinics to
be built in North America in the next ten years.
Miller joins several other donors who have the desire to help children when
they are most vulnerable. Mr. Denny Sanford began the dream of a new
children’s hospital building with his donation of $16 million in 2004.
“Jennifer and I are blessed to have the opportunity to contribute to the
Sanford Children’s Hospital during its groundbreaking phase,” says Mike
Miller. “The gift not only reflects a continuing commitment to my home
state of South Dakota, but also acts as a reminder to Jen and myself for
our enormous good fortune in having two happy and healthy sons. Hopefully
in this small way we can spread our blessings to others in need.”