Hofstra University and Northwell Health, the largest healthcare provider and private employer in New York State, have announced gifts totaling $61 million from real estate developer Donald Zucker and his wife, Barbara, in support of the university's medical school and the next generation of health care professionals in medicine, research, and nursing.
The gifts include $50 million to establish and endow a scholarship fund for medical students; $10 million to endow the Barbara Hrbek Zucker Emerging Scientists Program at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Northwell's research arm; and $1 million to provide scholarship support for students at the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. In recognition of the gifts, the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine will be renamed the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.
Established in 2008 by Hofstra and Northwell Health, the medical school combines the university's and the Feinstein Institute's research and academic programs with Northwell's clinical and graduate medical education programs to provide an innovative curriculum that integrates academic course content with hands-on clinical experiences. With their most recent gifts, the Zuckers, who previously had supported several Northwell Health hospitals and the Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine at the Feinstein Institute, are now Northwell's leading donors.
"Almost a decade ago, we set out to create a new model of medical education that would improve health care in our region, and today we mark another milestone in that journey," said Hofstra University president Stuart Rabinowitz. "The Zuckers' support solidifies and expands our commitment to train innovative physicians whose backgrounds and experiences are as diverse as the people they treat."
"From the inception, the medical school has been close to our hearts," said Donald Zucker. "Barbara and I feel it is incumbent on us to help young people achieve their dreams to be a physician. We, who have been so fortunate together, love doing this."