Norwalk Hospital in Norwalk, Connecticut, has announced a $3 million pledge from the McGraw family to establish a family learning center.
The gift from the founders of global multimedia publishing company McGraw-Hill will establish the McGraw Family Center for Advanced Learning at Norwalk Hospital. Featuring a modern health science library, state-of-the-art medical simulation facilities, and dedicated space for group and distance learning, the center will provide the hospital with an optimal learning environment for future healthcare providers. Of the pledge, $2 million of the gift will be earmarked for a dollar-for-dollar challenge campaign designed to encourage broader community support. The hospital's fundraising goal for the project is $5 million.
The gift for the center is the second major gift from the McGraw family to the hospital. In 2015, Harold W. "Terry" McGraw III, Robert "Bob" McGraw, and Suzanne "Sue" McGraw made a $10 million gift in memory of their parents toward construction of the Anne P. and Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Center.
"We believe the ongoing education of our entire staff is essential to high-quality care at Norwalk Hospital and across our network," said John M. Murphy, president and CEO of Western Connecticut Health Network, which includes Norwalk Hospital. "This project will modernize our teaching and learning facilities to keep pace with new technology and clinical advancements. It will also enable us to combine the latest in life-saving technologies with the medical expertise and personalized care the community has come to rely upon."