SCARSDALE, N.Y. – A Scarsdale couple have donated $20 million to help fund a new building at Columbia University Medical Center(CUMC), continuing his family’s legacy of philanthropy in the health care field, according to the CUMC website.
Philip and Cheryl Milstein’s commitment will go toward the medical center’s new Medical and Graduate Education building, which is part of the campus revitalization plan, which will also add green urban spaces for use by the community. Construction on the new building, designed by Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, began in August 2012 and is expected to be completed by 2016.
Philip is a trustee for CUMC’s affiliate New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia. His father, Seymour, served as chairman of the board from 1989 to 1996, and was chiefly responsible for the creation of a 142,000-square-foot facility that features advanced cardiac diagnostic technology and provides treatments that are frequently less invasive, more accurate, and require less healing time. It was named the Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center.
Philip has also been a trustee for Columbia University since 1996 and is a member of the Columbia University Medical Center Board of Advisors.
The Milstein family’s contributions to health care go back to the 1950s to his maternal grandfather, Joshua Leiner, who was a neurologist. He was the first practicing psychiatrist in Bronx County. His father has funded research in CUMC’s Mesothelioma Center and has endowed professorships.
“The Vivian and Seymour Milstein family’s visionary leadership and steadfast support has helped New York-Presbyterian Hospital become a leader in heart care,” said Dr. Steven Corwin, CEO of New York-Presbyterian Hospital. “We are immensely grateful to the family for their support over the years, and we know that this latest gift will further advance medicine at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.”
For more information on the Milstein family's contributions to medical institutions, visit the CUMC website.