Indiana University Health has announced a $10 million gift from Shelly Schwarz, widow of Indianapolis hotel and apartment developer Joe Schwarz, to establish a cancer research center.
The largest single gift ever from a living donor to IU Health will establish the Joe and Shelly Schwarz Cancer Center at IU Health North Hospital. Expected to cost $55 million and scheduled to open in 2020, the 88,000-square-foot center will provide much of the same services as the IU Health Simon Cancer Center downtown, including radiation oncology spaces and infusion rooms, a pharmacy, and labs. The center also will feature an Integrative Health and Wellness Center that offers art, music, and yoga programs benefiting patients and their caregivers.
The gift is being made in recognition of the care Joe Schwartz received as an IU Health patient. Schwartz, who died in March at the age of 75 after a second battle with cancer, was born in Argentina to an Argentine mother and German father, moved to New York City as a child, and helped his family by working as a shoeshine boy and later in a market before moving to Indianapolis in the 1960s and going into the real estate business.
"The last six years, cancer has played such a big part in our lives," said Schwarz. "We have witnessed firsthand how devastating it can be to the person going through it, as well as their loved ones. The Joe and Shelly Schwarz Cancer Center is going to be an all-in-one facility with the best doctors, the best equipment, and a lot of the extras that add to the cancer care."