Weill Cornell Medicine has announced a $12.5 million gift from the family of board vice chair Jeffrey Feil to establish a state-of-the-art student center on its New York City campus.
To be housed in renovated space in the hospital's main buildings, the 16,200-square-foot Feil Family Student Center will increase dedicated student space at Weill Cornell by nearly 75 percent, creating new areas for education, collaboration, wellness activities, and student engagement. Functioning in collaboration with the Weill Education Center, the center will provide students from Weill Cornell Medical College and the Graduate School of Medical Sciences with small group rooms for advanced patient care training, a computer lab providing access to hospital's electronic health records system, instructional spaces, and study and meeting rooms. Construction is scheduled to begin in June.
The gift boosts to more than $90 million the Feil family's total giving to Weill Cornell Medicine, including support for construction of the Belfer Research Building, student scholarships, physician training, professorship endowments, clinical scholar awards, and the Judith Jaffe Neurology Unit in the Weill Greenberg Center. In addition, a $28 million gift from the family in 2013 established the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute, a multidisciplinary translational neuroscience research center.
"We are honored to support Weill Cornell Medicine's extraordinary efforts to educate our next generation of leading doctors and scientists," said Feil. "Our longstanding relationships with many of Weill Cornell Medicine's esteemed physicians have been a source of inspiration for us — they exemplify the very best in science and medicine, and demonstrate how to make a difference in the world."