Hackensack Meridian receives $25 million for cancer care, research

Hackensack Meridian receives $25 million for cancer care, research

The Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation has announced a $25 million gift from Helena Theurer to advance cancer care and research at Hackensack Meridian Health.

The largest single gift in the history of the medical center will support completion of a new pavilion at the John Theurer Cancer Center featuring twenty-four operating rooms with advanced diagnostic technology, a hundred and fifty medical/surgical private patient rooms, a fifty-bed Orthopedic Institute, and connections to the main hospital, its Heart and Vascular Institute, and a parking garage. The new building will be named the Helena Theurer Pavilion.

In 2010, Theurer made a $10 million leadership gift to establish the cancer center, which is named in honor of her late husband, who died in 1994.

"I am truly amazed at how far John Theurer Cancer Center has come," said Theurer. "[When I was] a young woman, a cancer diagnosis was considered a death sentence. Today, many cancers are not only treatable but curable. My gift reflects my commitment to the cancer program at Hackensack Meridian Health. I am so proud to have John's name, and now mine, forever associated with excellence, innovation, and this visionary mission."

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