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Abbott Northwestern Foundation announces the Givens Brain Tumor Center

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. 8/18/2016  With the help of many generous friends and sponsors of the Mind Over Matter Golf Tournament, the Givens family has donated $500,000 to establish the Givens Brain Tumor Center at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. The Givens family also named the Brain Tumor Center as the beneficiary of the annual charitable golf tournament, founded in memory of Michael Givens.

“Our mission is to be a world-class center that features coordinated whole person care. Our state-of-the-art diagnostics and leading edge clinical research will attract the best and brightest clinicians,” said Linda Givens.

The gift will also enhance care navigation services for patients with brain cancer and connect patients and families with the right resources through each stage of treatment.

“We are honored to have their gift. This gift will allow us to change the paradigm of brain tumor care to much more proactive care for all of our patients as well as expanding our research opportunities," said John Trusheim, MD, neuro-oncologist and medical director of the Givens Brain Tumor Center.

The Given Brain Tumor Center will be guided by an advisory board comprised of Dr. Trusheim; one or more representatives of the Givens family; Dr. Ben Bache-Wiig, Abbott Northwestern’s president; members of the Abbott Northwestern Foundation staff or board; and one or more distinguished brain cancer experts from around the country.

“Philanthropy is vital to our future as a hospital and to the care and service we can offer to our community,” said Ben Bache-Wiig, MD, president of Abbott Northwestern. “So often, it’s philanthropy that allows us to think big – to take what we’re already doing well and accelerate, expand or elevate it.”

The Givens Brain Tumor Center recently opened its first study that involves an investigational drug therapy for patients with glioblastoma.  Early trials with the therapy have shown promising results to activate the immune system against the cancer, selectively destroy cancer cells and leave normal cells unharmed.

Allina Health, Abbott Northwestern’s parent company, supports the center’s clinical and research activities by providing space, staff, care coordination, rehabilitation and palliative services and community outreach.

People who would like to inquire about participating in studies at the Givens Brain Tumor Center at Abbott Northwestern Hospital may call 612-863-3452 or email

About Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Abbott Northwestern Hospital has been a health care provider and innovator in Minneapolis for more than 130 years. Part of Allina Health, Abbott Northwestern has retained its first place ranking for the best hospital in the Twin Cities and second in the State of Minnesota for eight consecutive years in the U.S. News & World Report's 2020-21 best hospital rankings. In addition, Abbott Northwestern has received nursing magnet certification, a recognition earned by only five percent of hospitals nationwide.

About Allina Health

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 11 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, and emergency medical transportation services.