Foundation's $20 Million Will Benefit Cancer Site The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has pledged $20 million to The Johns Hopkins Hospital to support construction of a new comprehensive cancer center on the East Baltimore campus. The gift is the largest donation to any project in the hospital's history. The Weinberg Foundation gift brings the total of gifts and pledges to $382 million of the $900 million Hopkins fundraising initiative announced last October. Of the $900 million total goal, $271 million has been raised toward the endowment/facilities goal of $525 million. "This is a magnificent gift," said hospital and Johns Hopkins Health System president and CEO James A. Block. "The foundation has made a strong statement about its commitment to the care of patients with cancer. The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building will be a place of hope and healing for cancer patients from all over the world." The cancer center--scheduled to open in 1998--will occupy a 2.3 acre site at the corner of Broadway and Orleans Street and will cost an estimated $97.7 million. It will expand clinical space and allow the hospital to serve as many as 15 percent more cancer patients each year. The seven-story, 515,000 square foot facility will bring under one roof a wide range of cancer care activities. These include enhanced programs in cancer screening, education and community outreach, important initiatives for the state of Maryland, which has one of the highest cancer rates in the country.
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