NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center has received a $20 million gift from Iris Cantor, the widow of Cantor Fitzgerald co-founder B. Gerald "Bernie" Cantor, to create a men's health center, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Scheduled to be completed in 2012, the Iris Cantor Men's Health Center will make it possible for patients to see a number of doctors in the same day and make it easier for doctors to coordinate patient care with their colleagues, with a focus on internal medicine, urology, and cardiology. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, one in five men did not see a physician in 2007, compared to one in ten women.
Cantor, who is chair and president of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, decided to help create the center after decades of supporting women's health care, including the creation of women's health centers at the UCLA Health System and New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. The centers were a success, said Cantor, but men soon began to make up nearly 40 percent of the centers' patients.
"Through this gift, we are providing men with a center of their own and kicking them out of the women's center," she said. "Men are busy, stubborn, and tough. It's hard to get them in for a checkup, let alone from one doctor to another....One-stop shopping makes it easier and more accessible."