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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University January 22, 2007 | Vol. 36 No. 18
Child Health Building Honors Trustee

$5 million gift from David M. Rubinstein will support new JHMI outpatient facility

By Kim Hoppe
Johns Hopkins Medicine

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 Johns Hopkins 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, minority children.

"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 community."

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 much alive."

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 2010.

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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