Johns Hopkins University trustee David Rubenstein of
Bethesda, Md., managing director of the Carlyle Group and a
longtime patron of the institution, has given $5 million to
support the new and only Johns Hopkins outpatient facility
exclusively devoted to children and adolescent health care.
The $20 million building will be called the David M.
Rubenstein Child Health Building at
Children's Center. The final phase of construction on
the 90,000-square-foot structure was completed in December.
It will house all primary care clinics for the young, as
well as the historic Harriet Lane Clinic, which has a
nearly century-long commitment to the care of poor,
"As the landscape of our East Baltimore campus begins
its rebirth, we are embarking on an exciting new era in
Hopkins history. These advances wouldn't be possible
without the generosity of donors like David Rubenstein,"
said Edward D. Miller, the Frances Watt Baker, M.D., and
Lenox D. Baker Jr., M.D., Dean of the Medical Faculty and
chief executive officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine.
University President William R. Brody said, "Mr.
Rubenstein's gift to the Children's Center reflects his
ongoing devotion to the Hopkins mission. His kindness will
help bring the benefits of discovery to the children of our
Rubenstein, a Baltimore native, has had a
distinguished career in public affairs, law and business.
He served in the Carter administration as deputy assistant
to the president for domestic policy and was a partner in
the Washington, D.C., law firm of Shaw, Pittman, Potts &
Trowbridge. In 1987, he co-founded the Carlyle Group, one
of the world's largest private equity firms.
Rubenstein and his wife, Alice, have three children.
"As a parent, I believe that every child deserves access to
top-notch health care, and you can't get any better than
Johns Hopkins," Rubenstein said. "That's why I wanted to
help support the mission of this building and the Johns
Hopkins Children's Center. Also, I wanted to help in this
modest way the city in which I was born and raised and to
which I owe so much."
George Dover, the Given Foundation Professor of
Pediatrics and director and pediatrician in chief of the
Johns Hopkins Children's Center, said, "We have come a long
way since a gift from Harriet Lane opened the doors of our
children's hospital nearly a century ago. Today, through
the generosity of David Rubenstein and other donors like
him, Harriet Lane's dream of helping children remains very
In addition to the Harriet Lane Clinic, the David M.
Rubenstein Child Health Building accommodates nonsurgical
outpatient/ambulatory clinics and offices for pediatrics
faculty. Located on the southwest corner of Wolfe and
Orleans streets, the four-story free-standing structure
will complement the new Children's Hospital, the 205-bed
building to be completed directly across the street by
Rubenstein's gift counts in the total of the Johns
Hopkins Knowledge for the World campaign, which, as of Dec.
31, had raised more than $2.438 billion toward its $3.2
billion goal. Priorities of the campaign, which benefits
both The Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins
Hospital and Health System, include strengthening endowment
for student aid and faculty support; advancing research,
academic and clinical initiatives; and building and
upgrading facilities on all campuses. The campaign began in
July 2000 and is scheduled to close at the end of 2008.
Founded in 1912 as the children's hospital of the
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, the Johns Hopkins
Children's Center offers one of the most comprehensive
pediatric medical programs in the country; its services
range from performing emergency trauma surgery, to finding
causes and treatments for childhood cancers, to delivering
a child's good bill of health. The Johns Hopkins Children
Center's Pediatric Trauma Service and Burn Unit are
Maryland's state-designated trauma and burn centers for
children. With recognized Centers of Excellence in 20
pediatric subspecialties, including cardiology, transplant,
psychiatric illnesses and genetic disorders, the Children's
Center provides compassionate care to more than 90,000
children each year.
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