J.W. Kieckhefer Foundation donates $800,000 to Barrow Neurological Foundation in support of the Neuroplex

Rendering of Barrow Neurological Institute building(May 2018) The J.W. Kieckhefer Foundation donated $800,000 to Barrow Neurological Foundation in early 2018 to support the Neuroplex — an integrated, centralized building that brings together clinical research, neurology, and neurosurgery in a state-of-the-art space. The five-story building will serve as the heart of the institute and promote innovation, cooperation, and forward thinking through improved staff collaboration and increased research activity.

For 60 years, the Kieckhefer family has been committed to supporting Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Ariz. John W. Kieckhefer was the owner of Eddy Paper Company and the Kieckhefer Container Company and was instrumental in developing the paper milk carton. In 1953 his two companies merged with the paper and logging company Weyerhaeuser. The family lives in Prescott, Ariz. and is now in the ranching industry. In 1979, as part of a capital campaign, the J.W. Kieckhefer Foundation made a significant donation to build a bridge over 3rd Avenue, a critical architectural feature that connected the hospital. This latest gift will support the continuation of bringing neurosurgery and neurology together under one roof to enhance the patient experience and stimulate collaboration.

Barrow Neurological Institute has grown to become an epicenter for neurological care, as Barrow experts perform the highest volume of neurosurgeries in the country and conduct more than 300 clinical trials annually. The new Barrow Neuroplex will help support the institute’s growth trajectory and enable specialists to continue uncovering medical breakthroughs and providing superior patient care.