The hospital that performed late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' 2009 liver transplant announced Thursday it received an anonymous $40 million donation.
The gift to Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center was the largest-ever given to the health system. The Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute, run by both organizations, will put the money toward a transplant facility upgrade and ongoing research.
"This generous gift will greatly impact the scope and level of care provided by our transplant program," said Gary Shorb, CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, in a statement. "Since 2006, we've been on a journey to achieve national excellence for our transplant efforts, and this gift will serve as a catalyst to not only transform our Transplant Institute, but all of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare."
Jobs received the 2009 liver transplant at the Tennessee facility even though he lived in California. He later died of complications related to a pancreatic tumor in 2011.
Apple could not immediately be reached to comment on the donation.