Lorenze family’s $1M gift aids pediatric acute care at WVU Medicine Children’s

Posted on 7/16/2021

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia’s most vulnerable children will benefit from a $1 million donation made by the Lorenze family to support pediatric acute care at the new WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital.

From left to right: Greg Lorenze, Cindy Myers, Steve Lorenze Jr. and Jerry Lorenze

“The Lorenze family understands the important role WVU Medicine Children’s has played in the lives of thousands of families from across the state, surrounding region and country and has long supported our efforts to provide care for all children and women who come through our doors,” said Albert L. Wright, Jr., president and CEO of the West Virginia University Health System. “With this latest gift to our new hospital, the Lorenzes are helping to ensure that these families can continue to provide high quality services into the future.”

The WVU Medicine Children’s Acute Care Unit provides care for infants, children and adolescents recovering from illness, injury or surgery. The new 34-bed unit provides the highest level of treatment for a wide range of pediatric needs – from children with cancer or heart disease to children requiring tonsillectomy or diabetes treatment. The unit will be located on the ninth floor of the new 150-bed detached pediatric hospital on WVU Medicine’s main campus in Morgantown and will be named in recognition of the Lorenze family’s generosity.

“The Lorenze family’s philanthropic support for Children’s is both long-lasting and unwavering,” said Amy L. Bush, BSN, MBA, RN, CNOR, chief operating officer for WVU Medicine Children’s. “As a family, they understand the vital importance of the new WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital in ensuring the future health of children in the region.”

Led by Patriarch Steve Lorenze Jr. The Lorenze family has long supported West Virginia University and the Morgantown community through entrepreneurship, economic development, and civic engagement. Past donations to WVU Medicine Children’s have benefited neonatal care, the Child Life Program and the greatest needs. The family’s latest gift pays tribute to the memory of Steve’s late wife Ginger, and her lifelong passion for children.

“Ginger devoted her time to helping the children of West Virginia,” said Steve Lorenze Jr. “What better way to honor her legacy than by giving back to an organization whose mission is to build healthier lives for the children in our community. We are honored to give Medicine Children’s to WVU.”

Steve Lorenze is from Morgantown and owns three bowling alleys – including Suburban Lanes in Morgantown – and several commercial properties.

Sons Jerry and Gregg hold executive positions at the family businesses. Jerry and Gregg also own Kegler’s Sports Bar, and daughter Cindy Myers is a real estate agent at JS Walker Associates. Other relatives include Gregg’s wife, Shelley, daughters Stephanie, Natalie, Katie and Chloe; Cindy’s husband, Robert Myers, and their children Kristen and Matt, Matt’s wife, Jennifer, and daughter Ginger; and Jerry’s wife Shera, and their daughters, Alexis and Alyssa.

The Lorenze family’s gift supports the “Grow Children” capital campaign, which aims to raise $60 million in private funds for the new hospital and associated program improvements. For more information about contributing to this effort, call 304-598-4346, or visit WVUMicine.org/GrowChildrens.

All donations are made through the WVU Foundation, the non-profit organization that receives and manages private donations on behalf of the university.

For media inquiries: Cassie Rice, WVU Foundation communications specialist, 304-554-0217

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