The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF), a cardiovascular research organization, has received its largest single donation. Local philanthropists Lee and Penny Anderson donated $5 million toward research and education on women’s cardiovascular health.
The foundation has been studying prevention, detection, and treatment of heart and vascular disease for nearly four decades. However, women’s heart health research is 35 years behind the same research for men, said MHIF CEO Kristine Fortman in a press release. The Andersons’ donation will help MHIF close that gap, she said.
“Historically, women have been under-represented in cardiology research. While some strides have been made in recent years, knowledge gaps remain, and disparities exist in health care delivery and health outcomes between men and women,” Fortman said.
MHIF will use the donation to create a new women’s heart health research program. In a nod to the donors, the program will be called the Penny Anderson Women’s Cardiovascular Center. The Andersons have been supporters of MHIF since the foundation’s early days, according to the release. In addition, Penny Anderson previously served on its board.
Lee Anderson founded APi Group Inc., a multi-billion dollar safety and construction holding company. In September, the company was sold to acquisition firm J2 Acquisition Ltd. In 2008, Lee was inducted into TCB’s Minnesota Business Hall of Fame.