Saint Luke’s Health System mourns the loss of Henry Bloch, who died April 23, 2019. Henry’s leadership and generosity have been instrumental in helping us fulfill our mission of providing the highest quality health care to our community. The contributions of Henry and the Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation have substantially advanced health care in our region, touched countless lives, and created an unparalleled legacy within Saint Luke’s, in our community, and for our patients.
We are deeply thankful to Henry—a steadfast advocate for health in Kansas City—for his longtime support of Saint Luke’s, which can be seen and felt today in many ways throughout our health system.
Henry served on the board of directors for Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City and was also a member of the Saint Luke’s Foundation Board. His son, Tom, also served on the Saint Luke’s Hospital Board and is currently a member of the Saint Luke’s Foundation Board. Henry and his wife, Marion, provided the initial gift to the Campaign for the New Saint Luke’s, which helped revitalize the Saint Luke’s Hospital campus. Through the years, they also gave $1.5 million to establish an endowed chair in gastroenterology and $1.5 million for Saint Luke’s Liver Disease Management, in addition to their support of many other Saint Luke’s programs and projects.
“I’ve always wanted to do something different, something more than just a job, something to contribute to society."
—Henry W. Bloch
Beginning in 2013, Henry and the Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation committed a generous and historic $25 million contribution to advance Saint Luke’s world-class neuroscience program, a gift that will benefit our patients and our region for generations to come. In recognition of the Blochs’ immeasurable support—and in honor of Marion, who died in 2013—we renamed our neuroscience program the Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute.
As we mourn the loss of Henry Bloch, we also celebrate the tangible difference he made in so many lives through his lifelong commitment to our community. We know the contributions of Henry and the Bloch family will continue to touch and improve lives for many years to come.