NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City has announced a ten-year, $50 million gift from Ronald O. Perelman, chairman and CEO of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings, toward the expansion of its emergency care department.
The gift will be used to complete construction of a 22,000-square-foot state-of-the-art emergency care center, tripling the size of the center's current emergency department. To be named the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Emergency Services, the new facility is expected to be completed next spring and will include an area solely dedicated to pediatric emergency services; a dozen new flexible-use treatment rooms; and state-of-the-art imaging facilities that are fully integrated into emergency care procedures to enable faster diagnosis.
Spurred by the growing number of patients that have come to rely on it over the years, NYU Langone was planning to expand its emergency care services when Superstorm Sandy struck in the fall of 2012, leading to those plans being fast-tracked, the New York Times reports. Perelman told the Times that he was shocked when he visited his father-in-law at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center after the hurricane to see the emergency room overflowing with patients as a result of NYU Langone having to close its storm-damaged ER.
Perelman, who serves on the NYU Langone board of trustees, previously has given about $13 million to the hospital. Earlier this year, he pledged $100 million to Columbia Business School and $25 million to the University of Pennsylvania.
"We are delighted that the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Emergency Services will soon transform the way emergency care is delivered in the community, hard-hit after Superstorm Sandy caused our emergency department to close," said NYU Langone dean and CEO Robert I. Grossman. "Mr. Perelman's generous gift will allow us to provide the community with access to advanced adult and pediatric emergency services and is central to our ability to run a twenty-first-century academic medical center."